November 20, 2012

42 Degrees!

April 4, 2013

The snow is melting!  Today we entered in three new listings.  We also significantly reduced the price of this super clean condo in Eagle River.  If you’ve been watching this one, you might want to try to take a look at it before the summer buyers start making their way up here in the next couple of months.   This afternoon we closed on a big farm in Stanton Township, so a big congrats to Steve and Melissa on finally getting this deal done!  It was quite an adventure, but everybody is really happy to have this done.  I just returned from doing a final walkthrough with my buyers for the Pelkie Road house, and now I’m heading to the title company to sign some closing paperwork with my sellers for the Ninth Avenue house in Houghton.  I hope that the weather is nice wherever you are!

Wednesday

April 3, 2013

Hello!  Here is the Keweenaw Bay property that I listed on Tuesday.  The property aleady has a driveway put in, and has unbelievable views across Keweenaw Bay!  After working on some upcoming closings today, I ended up listing a nice house up in Calumet, as well as some great property between Houghton and Calumet.  It is getting to be that time of year where you’ll see more and more new properties hit the market.  Also, we just reduced the price on our Green Acres Road listing.  I hope that your week is going well!

Tuesday

April 2, 2013

I had received a few e-mails from people wondering if the feeder was empty or not working, so I checked on it this morning.  Everything was working fine.  It is getting to be that time of year when the deer start roaming around a bit more, looking for more natural food as we enter spring.  I did notice a few deer on cam later today anyhow.  So, here is a very impressive house that I listed this week in Houghton.  This is certainly one of the nicer homes in the area.  I’ll also have a lot more pictures for it here in a couple weeks.  That is all for today, we are looking forward to some warmer temps again starting tomorrow!

April is here!

April 1, 2013

It was a snowy day up here, but we are still glad to finally be in April.  It should be warming back up a bit by Wednesday.  Lots and lots of office work today, with a few upcoming closings this week, and also a nice new listing today.  I wanted to talk briefly today about ‘buying power’.  As most people know, interest rates are incredibly low, with 30 year fixed rates averaging around 3.5% for many home buyers.  If you were buying a home back around the year 2000, the average for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage was about 8.5%.  So, let’s say that you have figured out that you can afford a mortgage payment of around $900 per month.  In the year 2000, that would have gotten you a mortgage for about $117,000.  Now, with today’s interest rates, that $900 payment could get you a mortgage for about $200,000!  Taking advantage of current interest rates can really help buyers get a fantastic place for themselves.  I hope this helps put it in perspective a bit.

Good Friday

March 29, 2013

Sunny and warm again!  Though we might be getting snow by Monday, we’ll see.  Extra busy day here.  We finally got a deal together on this beautiful home on the Gratiot River.  I also got the deal accepted on this property near Lake Linden that I listed on Monday, except it will be going as 10 acres, rather than 5.  We’re also working on two new purchase agreements as of today as well.  This is going to be a very positive year in our real estate market.  So, I’m looking forward to the weekend, and hope that you have a Good Friday, and a great Easter Sunday!

Thursday

March 28, 2013

Another warm sunny day!  This morning I listed an impressive executive home on Mill Road right near Michigan Tech.   We’ll be entering it into the MLS tomorrow.  In the afternoon I drove down to Ontonagon to preview and photograph a house for some buyers that I’m working with.  The house seemed like a pretty good value, so we’ll see what happens.  We’re also still trying to reach agreements on two offers that we’re working with right now.  Anyhow, I hope that the weather stays like this for awhile!  Talk to you tomorrow!

A sunny day!

March 27, 2013

Beautiful day in the Keweenaw today!  Today I wrote an offer on this 5 acre parcel that I just listed near Lake Linden on Monday.  Hopefully we’ll have an agreement together shortly.  Later in the afternoon we closed on my 170 acre cabin listing near Jacobsville, so congrats to buyers Nate and Stacy, and sellers Jim and Joanne!  I met some really nice people on both sides of that deal.  Time to go enjoy what should be a nice sunset tonight.  Have a nice day!

A mild Tuesday

March 26, 2013

We had nice mild weather today, and the snow level is coming down just a bit.  This morning we wrapped up the paperwork on the Pelkie Road house from last night, so it was nice to get that squared away.  We also got everything finalized for a closing tomorrow afternoon.  Here is the five acre parcel that we just listed near Lake Linden.  I already had another agent e-mail me some questions about it today, so maybe she has a buyer for it, we’ll see.  Time to call it a day.  Take care!

Great way to start the week!

March 25, 2013

This morning I put a sign up on Julie’s new listing on Sharon Avenue.  Later on I drove out to the Lake Linden area to put up signs and take pictures of a 5 acre parcel that we listed today.  Tonight I drove down to Pelkie to show this house with 40 acres that I just recently listed a couple weeks ago.  The buyers ended up writing a cash offer on the spot, and tonight the sellers already accepted!  It feels good to have gotten the job done so quickly with that one.  The sellers had been trying to sell that house with other companies for quite some time, and they sure were relieved to make it happen within two weeks of listing with me.  Good pricing, marketing, photography and home staging really make a big difference on the representation of a home.  Anyhow, late night at the office getting this wrapped up, so time to get home.  I hope that your week is off to a good start!

Friday!

March 22, 2013

Today went by pretty fast.  This morning we closed on a 40 acre parcel on Rice Lake Road, so congrats to buyer Mark and seller Mary!  In the afternoon I had a second showing on a beautiful house up in Keweenaw County, and we ended up writing an offer.  Hopefully we’ll be able to get the deal together.  I have a little bit of work to do this weekend, and then we’ll be helping Erin and Joe move into their new house!  Have a great weekend!

Fun night

March 20, 2013

It looks like the storm has passed.  Here is the house that I just listed on 40 acres about 20 minutes outside of Houghton.  This place is a GREAT value.  This afternoon I got myself stuck trying to plow snow out at the cabin.  I had a snow shovel in my truck, and was able to eventually dig myself out.  Tonight I had a group of guys over to play some poker at our house, and we had a really good time.  Melissa made us lots of great snacks, and everything turned out real nice.  Time for another day!

Snow.  And more snow.

March 19, 2013

As many of you know, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and much of upper Michigan is getting pounded with snow.  Many areas will have close to two feet of accumulation before this storm is over.  I was in the office for a bit today, and then spent the rest of the day plowing snow, which I’m sure I’ll be doing again in the morning.  I filled the feeder for the webcam, and put a fresh battery in it.  FYI, the current times that the feeder is going off are 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, so those are always good times to watch.  Anyhow, drive careful out there!  I was on the road with ‘white-out’ conditions today, and I can’t tell you how many vehicles didn’t even have their headlights on!  Please keep your lights on so other drivers can see you.  Be safe and take care!

The storm is coming!

March 18, 2013

We have a severe winter storm warning up here from 2:00 pm Monday through Wednesday night.  They are calling for up to 20″ of snow!  Hopefully this will be the last big storm for the season.  Anyhow, as of this morning we got a deal together on this remote 80 acre parcel near Herman.  Congrats to buyer Mike and seller Jeff!  Also, here is an affordable industrial lot we listed here in the City of Houghton.  Today Jan finally closed on this Electric Park Road house, so that was great to finally get that deal wrapped up after all this time.  Other than that, I’m hooking up the snowplow to get ready for all of the winter action!

Sold!

March 17, 2013

I hope that everybody had a nice weekend.  On Sunday I met up with some buyers at this cabin with 170 acres near Jacobsville.  It was a really great showing with the woodstove warming up the cabin, and deer all over the place!.  The buyers fell in love with it, and we wrote an offer while inside the cabin.  I met with the sellers back in town for a counter offer, and then met back up with my buyers at the office to get it accepted.  That made for a pretty productive Sunday!  The buyers and sellers are both excited, and that is how I like it.  Later in the afternoon I went down to Pelkie to take pictures of a house and 40 acres that I just listed as well.  Lastly, there is a new poll question for you to vote on, so please check that out.  Have a great week!

Halfway through March!

March 15, 2013

Fifteen more days until April!  I heard that we might be getting a snowstorm early next week, hopefully it won’t be anything too severe.  Today I closed on an 18 acre parcel near Alston, so congrats to Dustin and Thomas on that deal.  We also closed on 20 acres down on Sedar Bay Road, so congrats to the many people involved in that one.  Jan also closed a deal today on a lakefront property on Rolin Road, and we ended up with some great new clients from that deal.  Right now Landon and I are watching the outdoor channel at home.  Melissa is out at some kind of girl party where they buy purses, candles, or something weird like that.   Have a great weekend!

A Sunny Thursday

March 14, 2013

Nice day up here.  This morning I went down to the Pelkie/Tapiola area and listed a house on 40 acres for a great price.  We are going to have the home staged first, and then we’ll put it on the market.  I’m really excited about that one.  In the afternoon I also finished some paperwork to list 1,000 feet of lake frontage on Keweenaw Bay, so that will be an awesome property as well.  Here is a really nice 40 acre parcel with a small lake that I listed a couple of days ago.  I can’t wait to get some pics of that property in the spring when the ice is off the lake.  Things have been happening really fast with work lately, so I’m just working hard trying to stay ahead of things.  I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine! (Assuming that it is sunny where you are….)

Wednesday

March 13, 2013

Lots and lots of snow to plow.  By the time I got done plowing the cabin and house last night, it was about 9:00 pm.  The local snow info says that we’ve received 228″ of snow so far this winter, with 47″ on the ground now.  Here is a nice piece of land on a pond looking towards Brockway Mountain.  The property is within walking distance to Copper Harbor.  Today I ended up sending out a purchase agreement for some land that I have listed on Tamarack Waterworks Road, so hopefully I get the signatures back on that soon.  Other than that, the phone keeps ringing, and we have a lot of nice new properties and homes that will be hitting the market soon.  Take care!

Tuesday

March 12, 2013

Last night’s home inspection went good.  I had to head back out there this morning to finish up the water samples.  I got the signatures back today for the house offer near Mass City.  I found out today that our new facebook page led to a sale!  Julie posted the info on there about her open house, and somebody who had seen that let some buyers know, and one thing led to another.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is the link.  I’ll be adding a permanent link onto the site soon.  We were talking in the office today about how many people have the perception that real estate doesn’t move up here in the winter.  If you’ve been following my journal for awhile, you know that real estate moves year round.  We currently have eleven closing folders in our office right now for pending sales, so there has been plenty of action despite the ample snowfall we are still getting.  If you have a house or property to sell, give me a call.  Time to go plow some snow at the cabin!

Another week has begun

March 11, 2013

The snow has returned!  I’ll definitely be needing to do some plowing yet tonight.  The office was in full swing again today, and we also got a deal together on this 30 acre parcel near Tapiola that I just listed a couple weeks ago.  Nothing like a quick sale!  Other than that, this day seems to have flown by.  I just got done meeting with some clients of mine that purchased some property a couple of years ago, and now they are thinking of acquiring some more.   Now I’m off to a home inspection to collect some water samples.  Drive careful out there!  Hopefully spring is coming soon…

Weekend

March 10, 2013

Another seven day workweek is behind me.  I ended up getting a lot done in the office here on Saturday, and also ended up getting our deal together on a 40 acre parcel near Rice Lake, so congrats to Mark and Mary on that one.  I also ended up listing some commercial land in Hurontown.  Sunday I made the long trip out to Herman to show an extremely remote 80 acre parcel.  I used the snowmobile to transport the three buyers back and forth to the property one at a time.  We covered a lot of ground out there, and it seemed to go well.  Later in the afternoon, I ended up meeting with another buyer back here at the office, and we wrote a good offer on some lots that I have listed in Hubbell, so hopefully we’ll get that together early this week.  Lastly, here is the large house that I just listed in Laurium.  The house doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside is really updated, and you can’t beat the price for the amount of space that this place has.  I hope that you all had a fun weekend!

A Sunny Friday

March 8, 2013

Very nice day up here today, the temperatures reached close to 40 degrees in some areas.  This morning I listed a large house up in Laurium.  The rest of the day was spent negotiating.  I have four offers going back and forth right now.  I did get one of them together today, a deal on this beautiful farm in Stanton Township, so congrats to Steve and Melissa on finally getting the deal done.  We have a lot of activity right now, so I’m very sure that we are in for another positive year.  Time to get home before my dinner gets cold.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday

March 7, 2013

Hello!  This morning I had a good showing on a house with acreage up in Allouez Township.  Later in the day, I ended up sending out a purchase agreement for a house on 40 acres near Mass City.  I also ended up writing an offer with a buyer on 40 acres near Rice Lake.  Tonight I went out to Gay-Lake Linden Road to list a 5 acre parcel.  Also, Jan just listed this nice cottage/home on Lake Superior near Eagle River.  Anyhow, I still managed to make it home at a decent time, so I’m going to play with Landon until bedtime.  Take care!  P.S. Thanks to those of you who have been ‘liking’ and sharing our new facebook page!

MTU Basketball!

March 6, 2013

I spent most of the day in the office, but in the afternoon I went out to check out a potential timber harvest.  Here is our newly listed cabin deep in the wilderness of the Silver River Reserve.  Really neat place.  Tonight after work we went to the Michigan Tech basketball games here in Houghton.  Tonight was the opening round of the playoffs, and both the men and the women for Tech were victorious!  Congrats to them.  I’m hoping to catch the next round on Saturday if I get time.  Time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow.  Take care!

Lots of fresh air…

March 5, 2013

This morning we were in the office working on upcoming closings.  This afternoon I went down to the Nisula area to take pictures and put up signs at a new cabin listing in the Silver River Reserve.  The property is very remote, so I had to unload the snowmobile to get all the way back in there.  While I was in the area, I also rode back and took signs off of a property that I just sold last week.  It was pretty cold out there today, but it was still nice to be out exploring in the big woods.  An afternoon outside is always better than an afternoon in the office.  Talk to you tomorrow!

Facebook Page

March 4, 2013

Hello!  Today seemed to fly by.  Jan got a deal together on a waterfront property near Sedar Bay, and Julie is putting a deal together tonight on her Kearsarge home, so congrats to both of them!  Julie put on an open house this weekend at the home, and it obviously paid off.  The other news of the day is that we finally have an office Facebook page.  To check it out, click here.  Be sure to ‘like’ it, and let me know what you think!  We’ll be sure to keep it constantly updated.  Have a nice day!

7 days a week..

March 3, 2013

I hope that you all had a safe and fun weekend.  I ended up working on Saturday and Sunday again, which has been happening a lot for this time of year.  I had a showing on our listing on Green Acres Road.  I am pretty certain that this house will not last much longer.  I also drove down to Mass City to check out and photograph a house for a potential buyer.  It was a pretty nice weekend to be out and about, kind of cold, but real sunny.  I also wanted to say congratulations to the coaches and athletes at Michigan Tech for being the GLIAC North champions in Men’s Basketball, Football, Women’s Basketball and Soccer!  Go Huskies!

March is here!

March 1, 2013

It is nice to move past February, and move on with March!  This morning we closed on 40 acres near Kearsarge, so congrats to John & Tahnee on their new property!  After that I put together a counteroffer for some buyers on an ongoing deal that we’ve been working on.  Later in the day I showed some acreage out near Rice Lake, and then also stopped by to check on my 240 acre timber harvest that I’m managing nearby.  I hope that you all have a great weekend, and don’t forget, if you enjoy the site, be sure to share the link with a friend.  Thanks!

Another new listing

February 28, 2013

Here is a new property that I just listed near Trout Creek.  This was really a beautiful piece of land.  Nice forest, dead end setting, and driveway and site already put in.  I’m pretty sure that somebody will appreciate this one.  Other than office work today, I ended up showing a garage on Lake Superior northwest of Calumet.  Didn’t sound like a good fit for my buyers.  I ended up working late back in the office, as the phones keep ringing with potential buyers.  I’m certain that this is going to be another good year, so if you have a place to sell, get in touch with me so we can come up with a game plan to get it sold.  Have a good Friday!

Wednesday

February 27, 2013

Hello!  So here are two new listings.  The first is this new residential listing just outside of Houghton in Dodgeville.  Very nice, reasonably priced home.  The second new listing is this wooded parcel near Tapiola.  Great property that is as nice of a hardwood forest as you’ll find.  Other than that, we entered in another new listing here at the office today, and we have a couple more new ones coming after that.  Buyers have been pretty active, as we’ve had a good number of ‘walk-ins’ here at the office over the last couple of days.  Right now I have to get going so I can show a place up north of Calumet tonight.  Talk to you tomorrow!

Beautiful Day

February 26, 2013

It was a beautiful, sunny day across most of the western U.P.!  In the morning we entered in a couple of new listings onto the MLS.  In the afternoon I made the long drive down to Trout Creek to take pictures of a beautifully wooded 10.5 acre parcel that I just listed.  On the way home, I remembered to pick up a couple of signs from recently sold properties.  It ended up being a great day for a drive, and it makes you appreciate living in such a beautiful place.  Time to get ready for tomorrow’ showings.  Take care!

Monday

February 25, 2013

It was a pretty productive Monday!  We got the offer accepted for a cabin on 10 acres near Jacobsville, so congrats to buyer Robert on finding his new property!  We also got a deal accepted on 18 acres on southern Houghton County, so congrats to buyer Tom and seller Dustin!  I also took pics of two new listings today, a 30 acre parcel in Portage Township, and a house in Dodgeville.  In the afternoon we closed on a 10 acre parcel in Laird Township, so that was good to get that wrapped up.  Lastly, check out our latest price reduction on this spacious home with acreage just minutes from Houghton.  Have a great day!

Another weekend has flown by…

February 24, 2013

I hope that you all had a nice weekend.  We had mild temperatures, so I know that many people were out and about enjoying what winter has to offer.  I was looking at some snowfall totals for this year, and it looks like we are current setting at about 195″, and we still have plenty of time to go.  Last winter, we only received a total of 132″, so we are definitely having more winter weather than last year.  I’m starting to run out of places to push snow with the plow, so I wouldn’t mind if we have a mild March like we did last year.  As far as real estate, on Saturday I had some showings near Hancock and Jacobsville.  We also reduced the price on this super affordable house in Houghton.  I didn’t have any appointments on Sunday, so it was nice to stay home with the family and get some things done around the house.  Time for another week.  Thanks for checking in!

Friday

February 22, 2013

Today I wrote an offer with a buyer on some acreage in southern Houghton County, so hopefully that comes together.  Here is the listing info for the house I listed in Calumet yesterday.  It is a really nice, comfortable home with the bedrooms and bathroom on the main floor, which actually hard to find in Calumet.  Most of the older mining homes have the bedrooms upstairs.  Other than that, we have another showing on our house on Douglass Street in Houghton today, and then I’ll be showing a house with acreage near Hancock tomorrow morning.  I hope that you all have a great weekend!

Thursday

February 21, 2013

Hello!  This morning we got a deal accepted on 20 acres on Sedar Bay Road, so congrats to the sellers and buyers on reaching an agreement!  Later in the morning I went up to Calumet and listed a nice house on Elm Street.  The listing will be up and running on the site by tomorrow.  Now I’m getting ready to head out for a showing near Boston Location, and then I’m looking forward to going out to dinner with Melissa tonight!  Take care all.

Storm has passed, for now

February 20, 2013

It was real cold today, but the snow finally went away.  Everywhere I went I could see people digging themselves out.  I always think it is funny how we can receive 20″ of snow in 24 hours here, and it is no big deal, but 10″ in other areas of the country is a major disaster.  I can understand it however, since we are very equipped to handle the snow up here.  Today was an office day,  and I just had some buyers leave a little bit ago, as we have counter-offers going back and forth.  I was supposed to list a house today, but the seller needed to postpone as she was busy removing snow as well.  Have a nice day!

Blizzard!

February 19, 2013

Really bad weather today!  The news was reporting that much of Houghton County was receiving about 4.5 inches of snow per hour!  It was really windy, so the visibility was very poor.  Many local businesses were closed today due to the weather.  We were open, and pretty busy.  My first showing of the morning cancelled, but I ended up doing a showing on my new listing on Green Acres Road in the afternoon.  I also ended up writing an offer today with my buyer from Sunday’s showings.  We’ve got four offers out right now that we are trying to get accepted.  This has been a very busy February!  If you are out and about in this weather, drive slowly and carefully!

Crazy Busy

February 18, 2013

Today was a pretty hectic day in the office.  We have a lot going on at once.  Working on new listings, also answering questions from numerous buyers.  We’ve been getting a lot of buyer inquiries over the last week.  We also have a lot of moving parts with many of the deals that we are currently negotiating.  I also ended up writing an offer with some buyers tonight on 30 acres up in Keweenaw County.  Anyhow, I’m ready to finally get home and get ready for another day tomorrow!  Hope you had a good President’s Day.

Busy busy

February 17, 2013

Sorry that I missed updating the journal last Friday.  It has been a busy few days!  Saturday I ended up looking at a house with a buyer, and then later on ended up writing an offer on this farm that I had shown the previous weekend.  Sunday I had showings on a few different places near Lake Linden, including this brand new log cabin that I just listed last week.  The showing went very well!  I have a feeling that we might putting something together on it early this coming week.  We also have some new listings coming on the market this week as well.  Time to get ready for another busy week!

New listings

February 14, 2013

Today we entered in a new listing out by Rice Lake.  It is a really cool brand new log cabin on 8 acres, I’ll have details posted tomorrow.  Here is the nice house that we just listed on Green Acres Rd.   Houses in that location in that price range typically sell pretty quick, so I’m betting that will be the case for this one.  In the afternoon I went and looked at another potential new listing just outside of Houghton.  The house was immaculate!  Buyers are going to be very pleased with the inventory of real estate available by this spring.  Lastly, please vote on the new poll question on the home page.  Your decision impacts important features of my website moving forward.  Thank you!

Another day, another deal!

February 13, 2013

Today we got a deal accepted on this house that we had listed on Ninth Avenue in Houghton.  This was another house that we had professionally staged, and I really believe that it is well worth it when trying to sell a vacant home.  Home staging hasn’t really caught on too much up here yet, but we are always willing to try whatever it takes in getting the house sold for our sellers.  Today we entered in one of our new house listings, so that will be up on the websites by tomorrow.  Tonight I went and checked out a nice house with 40 acres that I’ll be listing soon near Tapiola.  We have a lot of new listings coming our way, especially for this time of year.  Lastly, I finally made it to a hockey game last night, and was fortunate enough to watch Michigan Tech beat Northern Michigan 8-2!  Go Huskies!

Tuesday

February 12, 2013

Hello!  Today went pretty well.  We got the deal together for Julie’s new listing in Kearsarge, so congrats to everybody on that one.  That house was only on the market for 6 days!  I also ran over to Green Acres Road today to take pictures of our new listing there.  The home staging we had done looks great!  We’ll be putting that one on the market tomorrow.  We’ve also had a couple of inquiries on this house up in Eagle Harbor.  At this price, it is starting to get noticed.  Anyhow, any day that you get a deal together is a good day.  Take care!

Monday

February 11, 2013

Local schools were delayed this morning with some pretty ugly weather.  Even though winter had kind of a late start, it has certainly settled in as of the last month.  Today was a day of negotiations.  I’m still trying to get a few different deals wrapped up.  It is the same old story, the seller thinks their place is worth more, the buyer thinks it is worth less, and hopefully we can find some middle ground.  I noticed a lot of deer and turkeys on the webcam today, and I can tell that I need to do some snowplowing again soon.  We’ll talk to you tomorrow.

Just another weekend

February 10, 2013

Winter Carnival seemed to be a success this year.  As usual, there were plenty of impressive ice sculptures, and we had pretty decent weather.  Melissa, Landon and I were actually able to see the fireworks right from our house this year.  There was still work to be done, as I had showings on two different hobby farms on Saturday, and then ended up receiving an offer on this listing in Houghton.  We actually have a few offers going back and forth right now, and hopefully they all come together.  Right now I’m at the office working on these offers, and am anxious to get out of here to go enjoy the rest of this Sunday with the family.  I hope that you all had a great weekend, and if any of you have any pictures from Winter Carnival, be sure to send them my way for ‘pic of the day’.  Have a nice day!

Have a fun weekend!

February 8, 2013

Houghton is busy with Winter Carnival in full swing.  Today was a marathon day here in the real estate world.  This morning I had a 2nd showing on the Kearsarge house.  After that I went out to Lake Linden to take pics and list a brand new log cabin on some acreage.  After that I listed a great house on Green Acres Road just outside of Houghton.  I made it back to the office in time to meet with a potential seller for some vacant land near Otter Lake.  Later yet I ended up meeting with the buyers from the morning, and we wrote an offer on the Kearsarge house.  When they left I spent some time with another buyer looking for a house here in Houghton.  Anyhow, it is getting late, and I need to get everything finished up here at the office.  We also had a closing today on a cabin near L’anse, so congrats to our agent Paul on making the sale.  I hope that you all have a fun weekend, and a safe Winter Carnival if you are up here in Houghton.  Take care!

Winter Carnival

February 7, 2013

Winter Carnival is here!  If you’ve never came up for Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival, you really should.  Click this link if you’d like to see pictures of this year’s ice sculptures and other related info.  Last night’s showing in Kearsarge went great, and tomorrow morning I’m taking the buyers back up for a second showing.  Right now I’m waiting to hear back from a seller to meet up and get some listing paperwork signed yet tonight.  Get out there and enjoy winter carnival!

Kearsarge, MI

February 6, 2013

I never knew that 16 degrees could feel so tolerable.  We are on a bit of a warming trend this week, which is nice.  More office work today, and now I’m off to Kearsarge to show Julie’s new listing.  That house is getting a lot of attention.  I’m actually have about three new houses I’m lising over the next few days, so I’m looking forward to getting them on the market.  Melissa’s has some friends stopping by our house for dinner tonight, so that will be nice to visit with them.  I hope that you are all having a great week, and thanks for checking in.

Tuesday

February 5, 2013

The snow keeps falling!  Lots of snowplowing to do today.  I keep my cabin plowed, our house, and also some of our vacant listings so they’ll be able to be easily shown.  We were competing for a nice residential listing on the edge of Houghton a couple of weeks ago, and I found out today that the seller chose to list with us, so I’m excited to get going on that one.  Also, here is my recently listed parcel on Vermilac Lake.  Also, one of my new agents, Julie Waara, recently listed this nice home in Kearsarge, and we already have two showings scheduled, so that is good news.  Let it snow!  I’ve heard that the trail conditions are excellent.

The shortest month of the year…

February 4, 2013

All we need to do is get through the shortest month of the year and we’ll already be into March!  This morning I looked at a nice potential new listing here in Houghton, and completed my market analysis tonight.  I also entered in a listing for a nice lakefront lot that I’ll post the details on tomorrow.  One of our newer agents, Julie Waara, listed a nice house in Kearsarge today, so I’ll post those details when I get them as well.  We also had a good meeting today with a couple of guys that own a larger amount of acreage in the surrounding area, so I need to put together a proposal for them.  The temperatures remain very cold, but we continue to be busy anyhow.  I’m looking forward to it warming up a bit later in the week.  There is a new poll question for you to vote on.  Have a great day!

Super Bowl Sunday

February 3, 2013

It was another cold weekend up here.  Earlier on Saturday I met with one of my buyers to write an offer on the Mass City house that I had previously shown on Thursday.  Saturday night I worked at the ‘Big Buck Night’ in Dollar Bay, and got to meet a lot of nice people and see some great deer.  After that, Melissa and I visited some friends to hang out and play some cards.  Sunday night we went over to Erin and Joe’s (bro and sis-in-law) to have some good snacks and to watch a good Super Bowl game.  Now it’s time to get ready for a busy Monday.  Also, keep those nice pics coming for ‘pic of the day’!  I hope that everybody had a great weekend!

Good showing

January 31, 2013

This morning I drove down to Mass City to show a house, and it went very well.  I’m pretty certain that we’ll be writing an offer on it, but you never know until it happens.  Some of you had e-mailed me to let me know that the mapping features on the listing data wasn’t working, and I’m letting you know that it should all be working now.  Anyhow, now I’m just in the office getting ready for another closing tomorrow.  It is still pretty slippery out there so drive careful!

New Poll Question, New Webcam

January 30, 2013

Today was pretty snowy and slippery.  I heard about a few different people that had fallen while walking around outside today.  Today we closed on another 80 acre parcel in Ontonagon County, so congrats to Steve on getting his land sold.  Notice that there is a new ‘poll question’ for you to vote on today.  Also, I added a neat webcam from Michigan Tech’s website.  It is a live streaming cam of one of the broomball rinks, so you can watch the students playing the traditional Michigan Tech game.  So, be sure to check out the new broomball cam.  Stay warm!

Sold

January 29, 2013

It was a rainy day up here in the Keweenaw.  Today we closed on our listing up on North Iroquois in Laurium, so congrats to Mary and Ron on getting their house sold!  There is still much to do this week, with two more closings scheduled, as well as some more showings along the way.  People often ask me if many people are buying real estate in the winter months, and the answer is YES!  You never know when the right buyer will come along for your home or property.  Now I’m off to eat dinner tonight at one of Melissa’s friend’s house.  Have a good day!

Monday

January 28, 2013

We were surprised to wake up with a lot of wet, heavy snow this morning.  The roads were pretty slick early on, but were mostly dry by later in the day.  I spent most of the day up in Copper Harbor, and my showing up there seemed to go pretty well.  The buyers seemed serious about the place, so hopefully something good will come of the showing.  There were plenty of snowmobilers up there enjoying the ample snow that we’ve recently received.  I ended up working a bit late in the office, as I didn’t make it back to town until later in the afternoon.  It sounds like we had better enjoy these warmer temperatures while we can, as it supposed to start getting colder again later in the week.  Take care!

January winding down…

January 27, 2013

It won’t be long and we’ll already be into February!  I have a feeling that this winter might go by faster than usual, since we got kind of a late start with the serious weather this year.  Saturday I worked in the office for a bit, and then had a showing on a house with 80 acres near Tapiola.  Saturday night we had some friends over to have dinner and play some games.  Now I’m looking at a fairly busy week, and I’m ready to get started.  I have a showing up in Copper Harbor first thing tomorrow.  Have a great week!

Friday

January 25, 2013

I never knew that 16° could feel so warm!  It was nice to see a little sunshine today.  This afternoon I had a good showing on this unique home in Calumet, so we’ll see what happens with that.  I’ve noticed this year that the new feeder on the webcam is working much better than the old one.  Back in the day, the old feeder wouldn’t work when the temperatures dropped below freezing, but the feeder that is currently out there has been working smoothly, even with subzero temperatures.  I filled it up again yesterday, and the deer and turkeys seem to be happy.  Lastly, thanks to all of you who e-mailed me the kind words about winning the award, I appreciate it.  Time to get ready for some showings this weekend, and then a pretty busy upcoming week.  Take care!

Warmed up to 7 degrees!

January 24, 2013

Nothing exciting today, just the usual paperwork at the office. The phone rang quite a bit today, and I set up showings for tomorrow and Saturday. Also, for those of you currently trying to sell your home, or planning to in the near future, here is a link to an article of some of the basic pitfalls to avoid. It doesn’t take much to turn buyers off, and you’d think a lot of this is common sense, but you’d be shocked at the condition of some of the houses on the market, even when the sellers are ‘very motivated’. Check it out. Take care!

People’s Choice ‘Best Real Estate Agent’!

January 23, 2013

I received an e-mail from the Daily Mining Gazette this morning that I was voted the People’s Choice Best Real Estate Agent! I really work hard at what I do, so it means a lot to be recognized, and I appreciate it very much!  I figured it would have to be a good day after receiving news like that, and it was.  We got a deal accepted for a 40 acre parcel near Kearsarge, so congrats to John & Tahnee on finding the perfect property!  I also sent out a purchase agreement today for an offer on some timberland in the south part of Houghton County.  So, it was a good day up here.  Time to get home and plow the 10 inches of snow received last night.  A big thanks to all of you that have worked with me, and also to those of you who simply enjoy the website.  Take care!

Tuesday

January 22, 2013

Today was another bitter cold day.  Some places were even closed due to weather.  We were open, and I ended up getting a call from a buyer on his way up from Marquette wanting to look at some vacant land, so I went home to get even warmer clothes and boots, and off we went this afternoon.  He really liked the land, so we’ll see what happens with that.  I figured he must be a pretty serious buyer if he wanted to go hiking in this kind of weather.  We also closed on an 80 acre parcel in Ontonagon County, so that was nice to get that wrapped up.  Anyhow, tonight will be another good night to get the woodstove going, as there is nothing like wood heat to warm you on a cold winter night.  Take care.

COLD

January 21, 2013

When I woke up this morning it as -11°, not even counting the wind chill!  Today was obviously an office day, and I felt sorry for those who have to work outdoors in this weather.  Many places were closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Day, so I know that a lot of people stayed home and stayed warm.  Did you check out the bear den cam?  On ‘pic of the day’, I also posted a pic of that nice buck that has been running around lately.  It is amazing how the deer can go from tolerating extreme heat in the summer, and then survive this kind of weather just six months later.  Survival of the fittest up here for sure.  Anyhow, plenty of new deals in the works, they are just coming together rather slowly.  Hope your week is off to a good start!

Winter wonderland

January 20, 2013

Despite the cold temperatures, a lot of people were out and about this weekend taking in what January in the Keweenaw has to offer.  Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing…. you name it, you’ll enjoy it up here.  After not seeing deer for a couple of days on the webcam, I realized that the feeder had run empty, so I filled it up this weekend, and already saw a good number of deer on there today.  I also checked one of my trail cameras, and there is still a really nice buck running around, I’m surprised that nobody has spotted him on the webcam yet.  If you see him, be sure to save a picture and send it to me.  Speaking of webcams, the Black Bear Den Cam is up and running, so check that out, as it is always really interesting.  Thanks for checking in!

Slippery Roads

January 18, 2013

It is still really cold up here, just the way we like it.  Be very careful out there, as we already heard of a few people going in the ditch today.  I’ve noticed that there hasn’t been as many deer on the webcam yet this winter.  The snowfall really isn’t all that deep yet, so the deer still haven’t completely changed into their winter patterns up here yet.  Hopefully more will be coming around soon, but meanwhile the turkeys seem to be enjoying the feeder.  Be careful out there this weekend, and try to stay warm!

Speed bump

January 17, 2013

Yesterday I ended up being too sick to work, but today I’m back to being functional, so everything is pretty much back to normal.  I’m getting real close to getting a deal together on some vacant land in southern Houghton County.  We also just reduced the price on this acreage near Lake Superior, and now I’m hoping to write an offer on it with some buyers soon who looked at it with me earlier this year.  Other than that, we finally have some real winter weather, with temperatures in the single digits.  Have a great day!

Tuesday

January 15, 2013

We’re working on our upcoming closings, and also working on putting a couple of new deals together.  Landon wasn’t feeling very well this morning, and neither was I.  He spent the day at his grandma’s house, and I worked most of the day, and then came home to take it easy.  He seems to be doing quite a bit better tonight.  There is a new poll question on the homepage (next to the deer cam) for you to vote on.  I hope that your week is going good!

Snow!

January 14, 2013

We woke up with lots of fresh snow at our place, at least 8 inches I’d say.  After getting everything plowed, I was off to work.  We got a deal together on our listing on Tamarack Waterworks Road, so congrats to the buyers and sellers on that one.  I also sent out another purchase agreement tonight to make an offer on a 40 acre listing north of Houghton.  This afternoon I went out to my 240 acre timber harvest near Lake Linden, and everything is looking great.  This cold weather helps keep the ground frozen, and minimizes any impact from the equipment.  It is good to be back to work, and I can already tell that 2013 is going to be a great year.  In fact, our office has already closed over 1.2 million in sales in 2013!  Not bad for being just a couple weeks into the new season.  If you have real estate to sell, we can get the job done.  Have a nice day!

Good to be home!

January 13, 2013

We had pretty smooth travels on our return from Atlanta.  It was a bit of an adjustment going from 70 degree weather to 15 degree weather and snowstorms, but we knew what to expect.  Everything went really good down there, the wedding was real nice, and it was fun to meet a lot of new people.  We also took a little time to visit some attractions around the city.  We rented a car, and it was quite an adventure driving around that city.  I feel lucky to live somewhere where commuting is enjoyable and not stressful.  Anyhow, we have some new deals together, and I have a timber harvest starting up this week, so time to get back at it.  Stay warm!

Hello from Georgia!

January 10, 2013

We had smooth travels today, and made it down to Atlanta for my friend Justin’s wedding.  We had a nice dinner tonight, and I finally got to meet his lovely bride to be.  Work went good this morning as well, as the home inspection for our Laurium deal went good, and I also ended up writing a good offer on my vacant land listing on Tamarack Waterworks Road.  Anyhow, it feels weird to be in 60 degree temps right now, but we’ll take it!  Have a nice Friday….

Windy

January 9, 2013

It was really windy here today, but still not much for snow.  Here is my recently listed 80 acre parcel in Baraga County.  The property is very remote, but has legal access and excellent deer hunting.  Today was all about paperwork, and we got a lot done.  I also entered in my new 170 acre listing down near Jacobsville.  Melissa and I are getting everything wrapped up to attend my friend Justin’s wedding this weekend.  It should be a real good time.  Also, I’m happy to have been nominated for the 2012 Reader’s Choice Agent of the Year up here, and our new office has been nominated as well.  If you’d like to vote for us here at Northern Michigan Land Brokers, and any other of your favorite local businesses, you can do so on the online survey by clicking here.  Hope your week is going smoothly!

Winter is a good time to buy

January 8, 2013

Winter is certainly a good time to buy.  With summer being the busiest season, many sellers begin to reduce the prices on their places this time of year.  We recently reduced the price on this house with acreage just outside of Houghton, as well as this house in Hancock.  We had a good showing on our W. Douglass house this morning.  In the afternoon, I listed a camp on 170+ acres down by Jacobsville.  I’ll have details up in a few days.  It was crazy to be out in the woods walking today, and there was only about an inch of snow on the ground, and even bare ground in some parts of the swamps.  What a mild winter.  Have a nice day!

Monday

January 6, 2013

I hope that everybody had a nice weekend.  Saturday we received an offer on my listing in Laurium, and we are still in negotiations.  I also had a second showing on a nice house up in Mohawk, and the buyers are coming into the office to write an offer in the afternoon.  Saturday night I had my brother-in-law over to watch the Packers win their first playoff game of the season.  I wish I could convert myself to being a Green Bay fan, but it just isn’t in my blood.  On Sunday, Landon had his buddy Carter over to play, so that kept them pretty busy.  I put the ATV away for the winter, and got the snowmobile out for the rest of the winter.  Have a great week!

Have a great weekend!

January 4, 2013

Another nice cold winter day.  We closed on our nice waterfront log home on Lake Superior today, so a big congrats to the buyers and sellers on finally seeing this one through.  Everybody is really happy.  I’m also expecting another offer tonight on one of my listings in Laurium.  I have everything ready to show a house in Copper City tomorrow as well.  Tonight Melissa and I plan to go out to dinner with some friends, and then play some cards or games at our house, so we’re looking forward to a fun night.  Have a great weekend, and be safe on the roads out there!

Thursday

January 3, 2013

Six years ago today I lost my Dad to cancer, so that is kind of a somber way to start the day.  Anyhow, I got a lot more caught up at the office today.  We closed on our Mining Mansion in Painesdale, so a big congrats to Dan and Annette on that.  I made some good friends along the way working with you guys.  Tonight I went to a Michigan Tech Basketball game, which is always a good time.  Michigan Tech always manages to put together some very competitive teams up here.  Talk to you all tomorrow…

Busy day

January 2, 2013

It felt good to get back to work today.  I had a lot going on, and had a hard time catching up on all my e-mails.  We closed on a nice 40 acre parcel near Toivola, so congrats to seller Dave, and buyer Bob.  I got some lease paperwork finalized for a rental property that I’m managing in Houghton.  I’m at the office late waiting for the tenant to arrive from Minnesota so that I can get them their keys and get all the paperwork signed. Earlier tonight I had a good showing up in Mohawk, so we’ll see what comes of that.  I hope that you all had a great day.  Take care!

2013 is here

January 1, 2013

I hope that everybody had a good New Year’s Eve!  I played with Landon  most of the day today, and then went out hunting one last time, despite the temperatures dropping down to 2 degrees.  I’m ready to get back to work tomorrow.  2013 is already looking to be off to a busy start.  Have a good Wednesday!

We’re back!

December 31, 2012

We were blessed with pretty good driving conditions on the way down to the farm and on the way back.  It feels good to be back home as always.  We had a really nice time visiting my family, and Landon had fun playing with his little cousins.  The office will be closed tomorrow for New Year’s Day, and then we’ll be back in action on Wednesday.  I’d like to thank all of you who played a part in making 2012 my best sales year ever, and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings.  I hope that all of you that visit this site had a great year, and let us all remember to be thankful for what we have in life.  Happy New Years!

Have a great weekend!

December 28, 2012

I hope that everybody had a great week.  We are visiting my family for a belated Christmas this weekend, and we’re having a real nice time.  I’ll check back in with you in a couple of days, take care!

Still have more Christmas parties to go…

December 26, 2012

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas Day!  We had a real nice time, and Landon had an absolute blast.  He skipped right through his usual nap time with all of the excitment going on, and kept going strong until bedtime.  Today I had to get quite a bit done at the office, as I have a few closings next week.  We will be spending the weekend visiting my family for our usual belated Christmas Party.  I’m looking forward to it, as I haven’t seen most of my family since Memorial Day.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

Sorry I’ve missed a few days.  We’ve been real busy with Christmas Parties and all of the activities that go along with the Holidays.  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Snow is on the way!

December 20, 2012

Today was a good day.  This morning I ended up showing a new listing in Ripley, and the buyers ended up writing an offer with me directly after the showing.  I recently listed Hungarian Falls, here is a link to the listing and pictures.  There are already a few people inquiring on it.  It is certainly a special piece of land, the winter pics don’t do it justice.  I’m all set to go look at listing a house tomorrow morning, and then show some houses in the afternoon.  We got a little bit of snow today, not much, but it was pretty slippery.  I pushed a lady back onto the roadway today down near Pelkie, as she was stuck in the slippery slush.  Be careful on the roads!

Wednesday

December 19, 2012

How is your week going?  I got a call today to go look at a nice potential listing outside of Houghton on Friday, so that should be exciting.  I noticed on the webcam the last couple of days that a good sized flock of turkeys has moved into the area.  I wonder if they’ll stay around through the winter or not.  I set the feeder to go off more frequently now.  It goes off at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.  So, those are good times to be watching if you want to see wildlife on the webcam.  I got out in the woods this afternoon, it is so crazy that there is no snow!  I’m starting to wonder if we’ll have a white Christmas or not…

Buyers still looking

December 18, 2012

We are getting a pretty good amount of calls and showings for being so close to the holidays.  Last night’s buyers scheduled some more showings for later this week, and this afternoon I got a call on my listing on Iroquois Street, and am heading up there to show it tonight.  I’m getting a lot done around the office, and am really looking forward to seeing friends and family over the holidays, we have a lot to be thankful for this year.  I wanted to get out in the woods this afternoon, but ended up being too busy.  Anyhow, I’m off to a showing…

Back to work

December 17, 2012

I hope that everybody had a great Monday.  I got the wheels turning on a few new upcoming closings.  I also helped with a market analysis today for some land in Iron County.  Tonight I had a few decent showings on two houses in Laurium, as well as one in Calumet.  We’ll see what happens with those.  The phones were pretty busy today.  Let it snow!

Great weekend!

December 16, 2012

Friday turned out to be real good.  I got a purchase agreement accepted on 80 acres in Ontonagon County, and also put a deal together on my 40 acre listing near Agate Beach in Houghton County.  Jan got a deal together on his residential listing on Coal Dock Road, so that is great to get an accepted offer on that place as well.  Friday night we had our company Christmas Party, and everybody had a real nice time.  These years seem to go by faster and faster.  Other than that, we had a pretty laid back weekend around the house, which was good because Landon is fighting a bit of a cold, even though nothing ever seems to slow him down.  Time to push through another week, and then Christmas is coming!

Got a deal together

December 13, 2012

Today was a pretty good day.  I got a purchase agreement together for a couple parcels in Ontonagon County totaling about 180 acres.  We also finished up the closing statements to finalize the sale of the ‘mining mansion’ next week.  In the afternoon I went down near Pelkie, and couldn’t believe that there was no snow!  They literally lost all of their snow down there.  These winters have gotten so mild over the last few years.  Tonight we picked up all the supplies for tomorrow night’s Christmas Party.  Also, thanks to those of you who sent in pictures for ‘pic of the day’.  Have a great Friday!

Still Listing and Selling…

December 12, 2012

Today was pretty productive.  We had a couple of nice closings in our office, and we listed a few parcels as well.  I also got the wheels turning on a 240 acre timber sale near Lake Linden, which will be a fun project.  We also woke up this morning to about 8 inches of fresh snow, so that was nice.  Also, don’t forget to keep sending me pictures for ‘Pic of the Day’!  They are always appreciated.  You can e-mail them to me at joshsteinland@gmail.com.  Have a great day!

A day in the deep woods…

December 11, 2012

It was pretty cold today, and I was able to spend the entire day out in the woods.  I’m not completely sure why, but I absolutely love cold weather.  There is something peaceful about the northwoods on a cold snowy day.  Tomorrow I’ll be back in the office staying caught up with paperwork.  I do feel fortunate that my job allows me to stay on the move quite a bit, and I’m not stuck in the office every single day.  Today Melissa started her new job, so she is excited about her new opportunity.  I hope that your week is going well!

Monday

December 10, 2012

The week is off to a good start.  I’m supposed to be receiving an offer on one of my listings sometime tonight.  I also sent out paperwork to list a beautiful 34 acre parcel near Pelkie.  Not a bad way to start the week!  We’ll see what tomorrow brings…

Come on snow!

December 9, 2012

It was a cool and calm weekend in the Keweenaw.  I spent most of the weekend out at the cabin with Gary.  We are finally getting some snow tonight, hopefully there will be good accumulation in the morning.  Right now we are downstairs watching the Packers and Lions play the Sunday night game.  I’m realizing that Christmas will be here before you know it!  I hope that you all had a good weekend.  Have a good Monday!

Finally Friday

December 7, 2012

They are calling for snow by Sunday, and I hope that we get it!  Be careful if you are traveling in the winter weather.  I hope that you all have a good weekend, I’ll check in with you on Sunday night.  Cya!

Where is the snow?

December 5, 2012

Last night our friend Gary stayed over with us.  We had a good time, and played lots of ‘ping pong’.  Gary and I have had some serious ping pong battles over the years.  It is finally cold out again, but we’re really looking forward to getting some snowfall again.  So here is a newly listed lot on Rice Lake, and also a large lot on Lake Bailey.  Today was Melissa’s last day at her old job, and she’ll be starting her new job next week, so that is really exciting.  We’re off to a scholarship fundraiser tonight, it should be fun.  Have a good Thursday!

Cold weather returns

December 4, 2012

The temps have quickly cooled back down, and there is light snow in the air.  It was extremely windy today.  This morning I listed a large piece of waterfront on an inland lake up in Keweenaw County.  I’ll have a couple of new listings to share on here tomorrow.  Anyhow, we got a lot done in the office again today, and we have a showing on one of my listings up on Laurium tonight.  Drive careful out there, as it is likely pretty slippery out there!

Too warm!

December 3, 2012

It was nearly 50 degrees today!  Fortunately it sounds like today was the last of the warm spell.  Everything went pretty smoothly at work today.  In the afternoon I went out to Rice Lake to take pics and put up signs on a newly listed waterfront lot.  The seller was willing to price it quite low, since we are getting late in the season.  I have a feeling that the time is going to fly by between now and Christmas, so I’m looking forward to working hard and then taking some time off during the holidays.  I hope that you all have a great December!

Warmer temps

December 2, 2012

It really warmed up this weekend, which has made for some really sloppy conditions in the woods and on the side roads.  We even got some rain.  There is still snow on the ground, but we lost quite a bit.  Our friend Gary made it up, so it was fun to catch up with him.  Anyhow, back to work tomorrow, and I can’t wait for the colder temps and snow to return, as I like that better than this sloppy weather.  Have a great week!

Goodbye November…

November 30, 2012

It sure seems like November went by fast!  This morning one of my agents Jan Banfield had a nice closing on a house near Boston Location that he managed to sell really quickly.  We finished getting Christmas lights put up around the office, so we’re looking a little more festive now.  The day seemed to go by pretty fast, and now we’re looking forward to our friend Gary coming up to visit tomorrow.  Have a fun and safe weekend!

New Agent!

November 29, 2012

I’m pleased that Julie Waara has joined my growing team.  Julie is a design specialist, and has staged homes for me this year.  It didn’t take me long to realize that she can bring some unique skills to my company, so I’m very pleased to have her on board.  After work tonight, I started getting ready for more company to show up this weekend.  You get lots of company when you live in such a beautiful area.  Take care!

Still plowing…

November 28, 2012

We had another four inches of fresh powder this morning, so I got to use the snowplow once again.  This morning I had a meeting with a local township to discuss selling some property for them, and it sounds like it is going to go through.  After that I met with a seller who built a beautiful log cabin near Lake Linden that I should be listing soon.  We also got set up today with a prequalified buyer to start working with him to find a house.  Melissa and Landon managed to get the Christmas Tree up, and it looks great.  Do you have your decorations up yet?

Plenty cold up north

November 27, 2012

The cold winter weather continues.  The new plow worked out good last night, I got everything opened up nicely at home.  Here is my new waterfront home listing on Bayshore Drive near L’anse.  Fantastic house at a great price.  I put in a good long day at the office to get caught up, and now I have two listing appointments scheduled for next morning.  Even though we get pretty serious winters up here, real estate keeps on moving.  Take care!

Back at it

November 26, 2012

Time to get back to being productive after all of the Thanksgiving food and fun.  This morning we closed on a nice house in Lake Linden, so congrats to buyer Paul on finding the right place.  I also entered in a beautiful new waterfront home listing on Keweenaw Bay this morning.  We are still getting some snow, and tonight I’m going to use my new plow that I bought this spring.  I’m ready to try it out and put it to use.  Roads are still slick so drive safe out there!

A snowy weekend

November 25, 2012

I hope that everybody had a great Thanksgiving holiday!  We had a great dinner as usual, and then my cousin Marcus came up for the weekend to do some hunting.  We certainly have plenty of snow now, and I’m loving it.  On Saturday, I had a couple of vacant land showings around Mass City and Pelkie.  I hope that you are liking the new site, if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to e-mail them to me.  There is also a poll to vote on it, on the lower right hand side of the home page.  I know that there a few links that still aren’t working, but they will be shortly.  Time to get back to work!

November 22, 2012

November 22nd, 2012.  Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the new website!  There will likely be a few bugs to work out for the first few days, but hang in there, as there are many improvements with the new site, especially for the real estate functions.  Have a great holiday!

November 14th, 2012. Today was a fast paced marathon of getting everything buttoned up at work so I can spend some time in the woods the next day or two. The 15th marks the firearm deer season opener in Michigan, and it is a pretty busy day throughout our state. To those of you out and about for the hunt, have fun and be safe!

November 13th, 2012. Today I went and took pics of a new vacant land listing near the Huron Bay Tavern, as well as a beautiful waterfront home on Bayshore Drive. We also closed on our residential listing in Dodgeville, so congrats to Erin on a quick and smooth sale! Tonight I sent out a purchase agreement for my new listing on Snug Harbor Drive. I really enjoyed being out and about in the snow today, I’m actually sad that we’ll likely lose the snow over the next couple of days. Enjoy the snow while you can!

November 12th, 2012. Slippery roads! Today/tonight we had just the right mix of cold and wet snow to make for some terribly slippery driving conditions. I barely made it up Quincy Hill tonight, and listening to the scanner there have been countless accidents, fender benders, and cars in the ditch. I was supposed to show a building in Lake Linden tonight, but I cancelled it because of the weather. Earlier in the day we had our home inspection on the Mining Mansion, and everything seemed to go very well. Hopefully the roads will be better in the morning, as I’m scheduled to head to Huron Bay to list a couple different places. Drive carefully!

November 11th, 2012. It was a rainy weekend here in the Keweenaw. I was able to spend most of the weekend with my son, and we had a lot of fun. I did get a short notice request to show a new listing on Huron Bay on Sunday, but I was able to get one of my agents to show it, so hopefully it went well. Firearm deer season starts this Thursday, and I know lots of people will be traveling to the area for that. Time to get ready for a busy Monday. I hope you all have a productive week!

November 9th, 2012. I hope that you all had a great Friday! I talked to a few different buyers today, and also got the wheels turning on another residential listing near Huron Bay. In the afternoon we closed on the 60 acres on Parkila Road, so congrats to buyer Bob and sellers Paul and Ryan. Tomorrow Melissa is off to Marquette to go Christmas shopping (already??) with her Mom, so Landon and I have the whole day to ourselves. Have a great weekend!

November 8th, 2012. This month is already going by too fast! I finally feel somewhat caught up with all of my office work as of today. I’m working on listing a couple of new houses, and also some land near Huron Bay. We’re also all set for a 60 acre closing tomorrow. I also received some good news today that a new agent will be joining my team. She just passed her state exam, and I’m really excited about the skills that she brings to the table. Time to get Landon to bed. Take care!

November 7th, 2012. Well the internet is down at the house again, so this update is coming in a little late. I covered a lot of miles yesterday for some showings. I made it down to Crystal Falls, Mass City and Pelkie to show some hobby farms as well as some vacant land. The buyer were really nice, but I think I’m going to have to do some additional digging to find the right place for them. One thing most buyers realize when working with me is that I’m never in a hurry, I want buyers to find the perfect fit for them whether we find it in the first day, or years from now. Have a great day!

November 6th, 2012. This morning I went up to Laurium to look at a commercial building that we’ll be listing this week. Lots of square footage for the money with that one. In the early afternoon, I had a good showing on a house in Hancock, so we’ll see what happens with that one. Tonight I looked at a house in Boston Location that hopefully I’ll be listing as well. Real estate keeps rolling along!

November 5th, 2012. Back to work! Nothing too interesting today, just finishing up some files for a few of last week’s closings. I’m looking forward to a listing appointment tomorrow morning, as well as a showing in the early afternoon. Since I didn’t have any appointments in the afternoon, I decided to head out to one of my treestands to enjoy an afternoon hunt. I have a busy schedule the rest of the week, so I figured I might as well get out in the woods whenever I can. Later tonight we stopped by at Erin and Joe’s to have some cake and ice cream for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I hope that your week is off to a good start!

November 4th, 2012. How is your November going? On Friday we closed on some acreage that I had listed on Gay Lake Linden Road, so congrats to buyer Ben and seller Gene. This weekend Shannon and I stayed at the cabin and did some hunting, so that was fun. The weather has been nice and cold, just the way I like it. We just got done setting all of our clocks back for the time change, and I’m certain that you have all done that by now, otherwise you were likely early for work this morning! Lastly, here is a new waterfront home that I listed on Snug Harbor. This one is a great value! Have a nice day!

November 1st, 2012. Hello November! Just a bunch of boring office work today, and also scheduled some upcoming showings. Today we closed on my residential listing on Grosse Pointe Shores, so congrats to Sonia and John on selling their waterfront home. After work this afternoon Shannon and I went out and worked on several of my hunting spots. It is always nice to be out in the woods, even when it is cold. Also, thanks to those of you that e-mailed me pics throughout the day from the webcam. There has been great deer activity on there lately, including a real nice buck that has been showing up. Anyhow, have a great Friday!

 

October 31st, 2012. Happy Halloween! I wasn’t feeling the greatest today, I’m fighting some sort of cold I guess. I worked in the office most of the day, and then came hope and took a nap later in the afternoon. It actually ended up being a pretty uneventful birthday, hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow. I did however enjoy the little bit of snow that we received! Talk to you tomorrow!

October 30th, 2012. Today was quite the real estate marathon! This morning I went out to Pointe Mills to take signs down and do a final propane tank reading for a house that I’m closing on tomorrow. Then I went down and around to Pointe Abbaye to list a beautiful waterfront home on Huron Bay. From there I went over to Pelkie, and ended up putting a deal together on my remaining 20 acre parcel on Parkila Road. We also reached an agreement on the Mining Mansion in Painesdale, so a big congrats to everybody involved in that one ( I know you are reading this ). Tonight I went up to Keweenaw County and showed my 10 acre listing on Sedar Hill Road. It went great, and we ended up going back down to the office in Houghton to write a good offer. Anyhow, lots of miles today, but it was very productive. Thank goodness I have a wife who doesn’t mind reheating my dinners when I finally get home. She reminded me that tomorrow is my birthday, and I’ve been so busy that I practically forgot. I suppose sometimes you’d rather forget your birthdays once you get as old as me. Oh well. Take care!

October 29th, 2012. It was a marathon of work today, but I do feel somewhat caught up. We closed on an 80 acre parcel near Lake Linden, a lot on Lake Medora, and a cottage on Vermilac Lake. We also got the deal together on a 40 acre parcel on Parkila Road, so congrats to buyer Robert and seller Paul. Tonight I stopped by Kirkish Furniture to pick up some tile samples so we can started on some projects to upgrade our bathroom floors. Luckily Melissa and I agreed on our favorite of the five. I hope that your week is off to a good start!

October 28th, 2012. Home! Lots of driving but it feels good to be back in the Keweenaw. I had a real nice time in Illinois, and saw lots of deer, despite the extremely warm temperatures. Vacations are always fun, but it is always nice to get home, get unpacked, and get back to normal. I was able to keep up with work pretty well while I was gone, but I still have plenty on my plate tomorrow. Have a great day!

October 23rd, 2012. Hello from Illinois! Everything is going great down here. We’re having a nice time, even though the temps are up in the 80′s. I’ve still been keeping busy trying to get some deals together on my laptop here. It is hard to truly take a vacation in this business, but that is just the way it is. We’ve got three offers out there right now that I’m still trying to get together. I’ll check in again with you soon. Have a good week!

October 19th, 2012. Lots of new offers in the works! I wrote an offer on my Mining Mansion in Painesdale, a 20 acre parcel in Houghton County, and a 40 acre parcel near Pelkie. This sure has been a busy year. Tonight my buddy and I had the big buffet at Henry’s in Rockland, so I’m really stuffed right now. I’m getting all packed up for a road trip tomorrow, so I’ll be working from my phone and laptop on the road. Also, we closed on a 40 acre parcel off of Mud Lake Road today, so congrats to buyer Ken, and sellers Ed and Dave. Have a great weekend!

October 18th, 2012. It seems like it won’t stop raining! I’ve noticed through the years up here that October tends to be a rainy month. Instead of a bunch of boring work talk today, all I want to say is that the Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series! We are excited!

October 17th, 2012. October is already over half over? I was able to spend most of the day in the woods today. In the morning I marked some property lines/corners on an 80 acre parcel near Mass City. In the afternoon Shannon and I went out towards Rockland to explore some land that I have down that way. I spent some time in the office tonight catching up, and now I’m ready to head back in there in the morning. I have lots to get done before we leave for vacation next week. Here is a reasonably priced 280 acre parcel that I just listed on Point Abbaye. I was impressed with this one, a really nice large parcel for the money. I’ll check in with you tomorrow!

October 16th, 2012. I went in the office early this morning so that I could get everything done early today. We closed on the trailer and garage on Rabbit Bay Road, so congrats to everybody on that sale. In the afternoon, Shannon and I hit the woods despite the constant rain. It was still fun to see some deer. Also, I relisted this 840 acre parcel near Rabbit Bay at a lower price, and it is now also available as smaller parcels, such as this reasonably priced 40 acre parcel. Anyhow, it was a long afternoon in the woods, and we’re ready to eat! Take care!

October 15th, 2012. We actually saw some sunlight tonight, which was nice. The phone was ringing like crazy today! It seemed like I spent all day on the phone, and then returning calls as soon as I got off the line. Tonight I went and took pictures of my new 280 acre listing in Pointe Abbaye, and also put signs up on a listing near Mass City. My buddy Shannon made it up tonight, and I’m hoping to get all of my office work done at a decent time tomorrow, so we can get out hunting in the afternoon. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

October 14th, 2012. Another wet weekend. I don’t have a whole lot to report from this weekend. We hung out around the house on Saturday, and then I worked on some hunting spots on Sunday. I have a buddy coming up tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll get out to hunt a couple times this week. It was great day for Detroit fans as the Tigers and Lions both were victorious. Anyhow, I have a lot to do tomorrow in a short span of time. Have a great week everyone!

October 12th, 2012. I hope that you had a great Friday! We closed on a 38 acre parcel in Ontonagon, so congrats to Toby and Nancy. We also closed on my 10 acre parcel in Skanee, so congrats to Tom and Angie on their new property. This morning I had a showing on this house on Coal Dock Road. In the afternoon I had a short notice showing on a new listing in Hancock, and we ended up writing an offer on it. We also got our offer accepted on a 20 acre parcel near Tapiola, so congrats to Mark on that! Enough about work. Tonight Melissa’s friend Janelle was up visiting, so she was excited to hang out with her. I ended up going to dinner at ‘The Library’ with some other friends. Have a great weekend!

October 11th, 2012. More snow, but it still isn’t sticking. Today I wrote an offer with a buyer on a 40 acre parcel near Mud Lake, and the sellers accepted the offer, so it is nice get that deal together. I also set up a showing for a house that we have listed on Coal Dock Road tomorrow morning, so hopefully that goes well. I’m fighting a cold, so hopefully it doesn’t last long. I’m going to enjoy the sauna tonight and see if that helps. Have a great Friday everybody!

October 10th, 2012. October is flying by a little bit too fast! Everything went good today. The offer we wrote on the 80 acre parcel was accepted, as was the offer on the house in Lake Linden, so congrats to my buyers on everything coming together so quickly. Tonight I had a second showing on my Mining Captain’s house near Painesdale, so things are looking good on potentially putting that together. Also, it snowed a bit in scattered areas today. You may have noticed some on the webcam in the morning, and it snowed pretty good during my showing in Painesdale tonight. None of the snow is accumulating yet, but it won’t be long!

October 9th, 2012. How was your day? Today was a good one up here. In the morning I had a buyer come into the office to write an offer on an 80 acre parcel in Torch Lake Township. We also officially got the deal together on the Dodgeville house, so congrats to Erin and Joe on a quick sale! Tonight I ended up showing a few houses in Lake Linden, and ended up heading back to the office to write up a good offer. This sure is shaping up to be a great year. Also, here is a cottage on 80 beautiful acres that I recently listed near Rousseau. Needless to say, it was a pretty long day of work, but certainly a good one. Now I’m ready to do it all again tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday!

October 8th, 2012. Our internet at home finally started working again tonight, so that is a good thing. Today I had a lengthy and productive showing on this Mining Captain’s Mansion in Adams Township. It went well, we’ll see what happens. We also received an offer on a newly listed house just outside of Houghton, so hopefully we’ll get that together. Also, for those of you watching the webcam, I’ve adjusted the settings on the feeder to go off at 4 pm and 6 pm now, so you’ll start seeing some of the deer earlier than usual. It also puts some corn out at 8:30 am and a little sprinkle at noon. Have a good day!

October 5th, 2012. What a change in weather! The temps were in the 30′s earlier today, and it was really windy and rainy. We officially got a deal together on my 38 acre listing on Bolo Road in Ontonagon, so congrats to Toby and Nancy! Today I also sent out a listing agreement for a large tract of acreage up in Point Abbaye. I hope that all of you have a great weekend, I’m looking forward to spending it with the family. Take care!

October 4th, 2012. Sorry that I missed a couple days, I’ve been having some internet issues at home. Our AT&T tower has been a little bit unreliable lately. Work is still rolling along, we got a deal together on some property on Gay Lake Linden Road, and am working on another deal in Ontonagon County right now. We also closed on a great cottage on Keweenaw Bay, so a big congrats to Becky and Jacqueline on finally acquiring a place on the water! I’m happy for both of you, and enjoyed working with you as always. Lastly, I took a really nice buck with my bow on October 2nd, so check out the ‘buck pole’ or the ‘hunting journal’ if you’d like to see more about that. Cold weather is on the way!

October 1st, 2012. My favorite month has finally arrived, and it is already off to a good start. Today we got a deal together on the waterfront cottage that I recently listed on Vermilac Lake, so congrats to my sellers on a quick sale. I spent most of the day in the Autumn woods, and you can read more about that on ‘The Hunting Journal’. I’ll check in again tomorrow, take care!

September 30th, 2012. The last day of September! We got a lot done around the house this weekend, and I also finished up my final preparations for bowseason. I’m actually planning on doing something tomorrow that I don’t do very often these days…take a day off. I’m hoping to spend most of the day perched up in a treestand in the wilderness. I hope you are all excited that October is finally here!

September 28th, 2012. Busy day! I’m still working on getting the deal together on my Vermilac Lake cottage, and also ended up writing an offer today on one of my listings in Keweenaw county. This weekend I’ll be wrapping up some last minute preparations for archery season which starts on Monday. Tonight we went over to our friend’s house for dinner, dessert, and a quick game of cards. The fall colors are looking amazing right now!

September 27th, 2012. Another day closer to my favorite month of the year! I got a lot done at the office today. I have a new deal in the works for a listing of mine near Rabbit Bay. I’m also expecting an offer from another agent on one of my waterfront cottages in Baraga County. Tonight I drove down to Ontonagon County (near Rousseau) and listed a really nice cottage with 80 acres. I see on the webcam that the foodplot did green up today, and I expect to continue to for the next several days. Have a wonderful Friday!

September 26th, 2012. I spent basically the entire day out in the woods, which is always a great thing. We are finally getting some more sunshine, so hopefully the rye plot on the webcam should start to green up more by the day. I sent out a purchase agreement for some land near Tapiola, so hopefully I’ll get those signatures back soon. Also, for those of you thinking about taking a fall color tour, you might want to start planning it sooner than later. I think that the colors will be pretty close to peak by this weekend. Have a great day!

September 25th, 2012. We finally saw some peeks of sunshine today, which was nice. So here is a beautiful newly listed house and garage just south of Houghton. I’m looking forward to getting this one sold. We’re working hard this week trying to get as much done as possible as I’m hoping to take a couple days off next week. Also, thank you to those of you who have been sending in pictures for ‘pic of the day’, keep them coming. Take care!

September 24th, 2012. Is it just me or is this month flying by? Late last week we closed on a nice waterfront parcel on Torch Lake, so congrats to Rick on finally finding his piece of the Keweenaw! Today we closed on my residential listing on Second Street in Hancock, so congratulations to Ryan on the smooth sale of his home. We also entered in some new listings today, so it was a pretty full day in the office. Also, we are now under contract on this home between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor, so congrats to my seller and buyers! We are also now under contract on my 10 acre listing on Lower Skanee Road, so congrats to Tom on finally securing his piece of the U.P.! As you can see, we continue to be very busy. In fact, it is looking like this year will easily beat my previous best sales total. Our economy seems to be moving in a good direction, and hopefully it stays that way!

September 21st, 2012. Did you have a good Friday? Here is the house in Houghton that I listed yesterday. It needs some updates, but the price more than reflects it. Tonight I also signed a listing agreement on a really nice updated house in Portage Township. Lastly, I updated ‘the hunting journal’ with a video of my cousin’s recent bear hunt, so check that out if you enjoy those videos. The ‘buck pole’ also has been updated. It is getting to be that time of year!

September 20th, 2012. Today most of the day was spent getting ready for a couple of upcoming closings. I also entered in a new residential listing in Houghton. Here is a nice 40 acre parcel that we just listed near Jacobsville. We also listed this really nice house on Lake Medora, which is one of my favorite lakes. Tonight after work I met with a group of buddies to play some cards, and we all had a lot of fun. Time to get to bed so I can be up and ready for work in the morning. Have a great Friday!

September 19th, 2012. Today there was a nice article in the Daily Mining Gazette about how professional photography and home staging can help make the difference in selling your home. Here is a link. This summer I took over a waterfront home listing that had been on the market for about two years with another company. With new photos, descriptions, pricing and professional home staging, we now have that home under contract. I have quite a few examples this year of ‘real estate repair’ where I’ve taken over expired listings and it is very satisfying to successfully sell a place after the seller had given up hope. If you know anybody needing to sell their place, send them our way, as we’ll pull out all the stops to make it happen. Have a good Thursday!

September 18th, 2012. Rain, sunshine, rain, sunshine, sleet, hail, sunshine. Just another U.P. day! Things continue to be busy at work as we start pushing towards the end of the year. Marcus helped me work on some more outdoor projects today, and then he took off for lower Michigan in the late afternoon. I’ll be back in the office tomorrow with lots of paperwork waiting for me. Also, the redesigned website is almost done, I promise!

September 17th, 2012. Another day, another day closer to October! We wrapped up a closing on my 80 acre parcel in Mass City, so congrats to Josh and Amy! We also closed on an 80 acre parcel in Stanton Township, so congrats to Del on acquiring his new property. Later in the day Marcus, Shannon and I worked several hours on putting together a new deer hunting blind for this fall. We had a late dinner at the Library Restaurant, and now it is time to get ready for another day. Have a great day!

September 16th, 2012. What a beautiful September weekend! Marcus is up here, and so is my other buddy Shannon. We spent the weekend at the cabin, and also had a really exciting hunting trip in the remote wilderness area north of Champion. I’ll try to put together a video later this week. We’re all back at my house now, and pretty tired out and ready for some sleep. I think we’re supposed to get some rain tomorrow, and we do need it. Time for another week!

September 13th, 2012. Sorry that I missed a day on the journal, the internet was down last night. Over the last couple days we got a deal together on a vacant waterfront listing up north, and Paul in my office got a deal together on a nice cottage on Lake Superior. Also, here is my new listing on Keweenaw Bay located on Bayshore Drive. Quite a view! It is definitely starting to feel like Fall up here, and I love it! My cousin Marcus will be arriving up here tomorrow, so it will be nice to see him for a few days. Have a great day!

September 11th, 2012. I know that today was a sombering day for many, as we remembered what happened back on September 11th, 2001. I remember that I was walking down the hallway in the forestry building at Michigan Tech, and I noticed several students and faculty standing around watching a TV. I went up to see what everybody was watching, and will never forget seeing those images for the first time. It was strange to feel somewhat unsure and unsafe in my own country. It is hard to believe that it has been over 10 years already. Anyhow, as far as work goes, we got a deal together today on my listing on Rabbit Bay Road, so that was good news for everybody involved. I also entered in a new listing on Bayshore Drive near L’anse. Talk to you tomorrow.

September 10th, 2012. I covered a lot of miles on Monday, but had a nice day with my buyers. We checked out places west of Baraga, north of L’anse, and finally looked at this great cabin on Vermilac Lake. Everything went good, so we’ll see what happens. Tomorrow I’m hoping to get a couple of offers accepted that have been in limbo. I had fun reading books with Landon tonight, he can count to 15 all by himself now, which is pretty cute. Time to relax a bit before bed. Take care!

September 9th, 2012. How was your weekend? I can’t express enough how much I love this time of year. I ended up putting in some office time on Saturday and Sunday, as I have a few deals in the works that I’m trying to get wrapped up. This morning however I met up with a farmer from Mass City, and we planted three of my food plots, including the one on webcam where you’ll notice the freshly turned soil. I also added a lot of lime and fertilizer this year, so everything should grow well. Melissa is feeling pretty good after having her wisdom teeth out, and she’ll be back to work tomorrow. She isn’t even very swollen like I was when I had mine out, but after watching her give birth to Landon a couple years ago, I realized that she is a lot tougher than me. Have a great week!

September 7th, 2012. The temps got down into the 50′s tonight, and I love it! Today was a long day. I met with a buyer in the office this morning, and got him all set up to check out some properties. In the afternoon I had a showing on this house in Laurium, which we just dropped the price on. After closing the office tonight I went up to Eagle River to show this condo unit, and it went really well! Hopefully something good will come of it. I made it back to the office in Houghton just before 9:00 pm, and ended up putting an offer together over the phone on one of my waterfront homes in Keweenaw County. I’ll present the offer to the seller tomorrow as soon as the buyers e-mail back the signatures. Anyhow, I finally made it home about 10:30 to check on my poor wife who had her four wisdom teeth removed today. She is a little swollen, but she is one tough cookie. Gotta love a born and raised Finnish Yooper Gal! Have a great weekend!

September 6th, 2012. I just realized that we closed on our new house a year ago today, it is hard to believe that it has already been a year! Today I got everything ready for a bunch of showings tomorrow. I also talked to a buyer tonight, and took down the info needed to send out a purchase agreement in the morning for a waterfront listing that I have up north. I also received an offer on my 10 acre listing in Skanee. Tomorrow Melissa is getting all four of her wisdom teeth removed, so hopefully everything goes smoothly with that. Have a nice Friday!

September 5th, 2012. We had a rainy day up here, which is a nice opportunity to get office work done. As we approach the end of summer, we’ve begun reducing the prices on quite a few of our listings. One notable reduction is on the this nice, larger home in Hancock. Also, here is one of our new listings in Calumet. This house underwent a full ‘green’ restoration, which is a lot of work! It is a really nice and unique place! Anyhow, time to settle in and watch the Cowboys vs Giants as the NFL season kicks off. Take care!

September 4th, 2012. I’m so glad that September is finally here, and now I’m ready for September weather. We are still getting temps in the 80′s, which isn’t too bad, but I’ll take 60′s anytime. This morning I entered in a new listing of a really unique house in Calumet. In the afternoon I had a site/septic evaluation with the health department out in Stanton Township, and everything went smoothly with that. Later in the day we closed on a nice house in Hancock, so congrats to Clark on his latest purchase. I actually made it home in time tonight to get the entire lawn mowed, which was nice. Have a great day everyone!

September 3rd, 2012. Hooray for September! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I hope that all of you had a great Labor Day Weekend. Saturday I had a showing on my 80 acres down in Mass City, and it went so well that we wrote a deal and collected a deposit on the spot! I’m glad that I always keep a purchase agreement handy in my vehicles. On Labor Day I had a showing on my hobby farm on Bootjack Road, and it seemed to go pretty well, so we’ll see what happens. I already know that this is going to be a busy week, so time to get some rest so I can hit the ground running. Autumn is just around the corner!

August 31st, 2012. Another day, another closing! This morning we closed on a nice cottage on Rice Lake, so congrats to Mark and Deb on finally wrapping that one up. After that I checked out a potential new listing on the Sturgeon River, as well as another new listing out on Keweenaw Bay. Later, I made it over to Ontonagon to evaluate some timber and overall real estate value of a parcel on Mountain View Road. It was a long ride home, but a pretty one, as the trees are slowly giving way to fall colors. September is here! Save travels to all of you who are out and about this weekend.

August 30th, 2012. It was a very warm day up here in the Keweenaw. In the morning I had a closing on a nice cabin on 40 acres near Kenton, so congrats to Dan and Annette on their second closing in two days! In the afternoon I had a showing on my hobby farm listing on Bootjack Road, and then from there I went up to Calumet to take pictures of a house that I just listed. Tonight we had our friends Ross and Amanda over for dinner, and that was fun as always. Time to get ready for tomorrow, as I have a lot of driving to do. Have a great Friday!

August 29th, 2012. Today we closed on a home with beautiful acreage in Portage Township, so congrats to my friends/clients Dan and Annette! After that I had a good showing out in Rabbit Bay on one my listings. On the way back to Houghton, I met with a seller to look at some beautiful land overlooking Torch Lake that I’ll be listing soon. Tonight I went up to Calumet for a showing on an apartment building, but the place was a bit rougher looking than my buyers and I had expected. Now it’s time for a late dinner! Have a wonderful day!

August 28th, 2012. September is creeping up on us! Today I ran a lot of errands in the morning, and then had a final walkthrough on a house in Tapiola for a closing that is happening tomorrow. This afternoon we officially got a deal together on this waterfront home near Point Mills, so congrats to Sonia and John! Also, here is my new waterfront listing on Vermilac Lake near Covington. What a great price on a beautiful place! Lastly, here is my newly listed large tract of land on the edge of South Range. Lots of potential with that one. Be sure to get outside and enjoy what is left of August!

August 27th, 2012. Sorry that I missed a couple of days. My charger for my laptop stopped working, so I had to order a new one. I’m back in action now. I’m sitting on my front porch watching a beautiful sunset as I type this, which is a nice way to end the day. Last weekend I had some showings in Mass City, and listed a really nice cottage on Vermilac Lake. I also listed 235 acres on the edge of South Range. Today we got the new listings entered onto the MLS, and also got most of the paperwork ready for three closings this week. It sounds like a lot of buyers are making their way up for Labor Day Weekend, as I’ve already had a handful of showing requests for the holiday weekend. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

August 23rd, 2012. Rain is a good thing! Our summer hasn’t been quite as dry as other parts of the country this year, so I feel fortunate. Our family farm in lower Michigan has had some crop struggles this year with the lack of precipitation. This morning I checked out a house in Copper City and one in Calumet that I may be listing soon. An offer ended up getting accepted on this beautiful camp near Sandy Lake, so congrats to Ralph on that. Also, the Houghton County Fair started tonight, and runs through the weekend, so be sure to check that out if you are in the area. Have a nice day!

August 22nd, 2012. We are approaching September, which is ALMOST my favorite time of year! I met with my sellers this morning to put together a counter offer for our deal on Grosse Pointe Shores, and everything went smoothly with that. Tonight I took Landon out in the woods behind our house to help me put up a ‘trail camera’. He is always excited to be out there with me, and I really enjoy it as well. I can still remember how excited I was anytime my Dad took me out in the woods with him. Those are the times you never forget. Anyhow, there is a new poll question for you to vote on (I know it has been awhile). Take care!

August 21st, 2012. Quite a day! Today I had showings on some beautiful waterfront places near Copper Harbor, Eagle Harbor and Freda. The buyers were really nice and everything went well. When I got back to the office tonight I had offers on a couple of my residential listings. My seller already accepted the offer on this house in Hancock, and I’m meeting with my other sellers in the morning to deal with our offer on this Grosse Pointe Shores place. After that I had a late dinner at ‘The Library’, and now it is good to be home after a productive day. Talk to you all tomorrow!

August 20th, 2012. Is your week off to a good start? We received some nice rain today, which was a good thing. It was just another typical day at the office, entering new listings, working on getting deals together and scheduling upcoming showings. I’ve got a busy day planned tomorrow with showings in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. I’m trying to find a buyer for this house in Houghton. This one is a really good deal considering the size and location. We just reduced the price on that one. Anyhow, I just got done reading a few books to Landon, and now he is sound asleep. Have a fantastic day!

August 19th, 2012. Another nice August weekend. Saturday I had a rainy showing on a large waterfront parcel up in Point Abbaye. It went pretty well, we’ll see what happens. I marked the timber on that parcel for a thinning about seven years ago, so it was neat to see how nicely the forest is thriving now. Sunday we went out to the cabin for awhile, and Erin and Joe came out as well. I also stopped at a few of my ‘food plots’ to collect some soil samples. I’ll be planting everything around September 1st, so it is important to check the pH and see what kind of fertilizer will be needed. I also managed to get a new treestand set up tonight. October will be here before you know it!

August 17th, 2012. The weeks keep flying by. We’ve got lots of upcoming closings, so there has been quite a bit of paperwork to keep us busy. I printed out some maps to get ready for some showings this weekend. The big news in Houghton today was the fire at Heritage Manor Apartments right behind my office. You can read a brief version of the story by clicking here. I also posted a pic of it on ‘pic of the day’. It sounds like everybody made it out alright. Anyhow, I’m ready to sell some land tomorrow, and I hope that all of you have a fun and safe weekend!

August 16th, 2012. How was your day? Today I just worked a partial day, as my Aunt and Uncle stopped by to visit. I haven’t seen them in years, so we visited for awhile, and then I gave them a short tour around the area. They were really impressed, as they didn’t realize how beautiful it is in our area. I’m thinking that they’ll be back soon. It was nice to see them, now it is time to get back to work!

August 15th, 2012. Already halfway through August! I spent most of the morning working on a CFA plan. This afternoon I had a showing on a waterfront home in Baraga Township. The showing went great, and we went back to the office to write up an offer. We received a counter offer tonight, and my buyers accepted. Congrats to my buyers, I enjoy working with you as always! (I know they are reading this). Tomorrow my Uncle Jim and Aunt Marilyn are supposed to be stopping by to see the office and our house. I don’t see them very often, so that will be nice. Lastly, if you are watching the webcam, you are still seeing bears, deer and turkeys on a daily basis!

August 14th, 2012. This morning I put up some signs on new listings. Later in the day we got a deal together on this 80 acre parcel in Stanton Township, so congrats to my buyers! We also closed on a 39 acre parcel in Rousseau, so congrats to my buyers and sellers on that transaction. Also today I had a cellphone signal booster installed in my new car, which is very useful up here. I have one in my truck that works well, so it was really frustrating when I was driving my car not having good service in many of the areas I travel to. As you can imagine, I’m on my phone a lot of the day. Tonight I had a showing on a house north of Houghton, but unfortunately we found all kinds of mold in the basement, mostly on the floor joists, not good. Time to get ready for tomorrow. Have a great day!

August 13th, 2012. Back to work, and all caught up. I forgot to mention that we had a closing on a nice house on Friday, so congratulations to Melissa’s friend Michelle on her first home! We also got a deal accepted on a nice waterfront lot on Torch Lake, so congrats to Rick on finally finding his ‘up north’ property. Sometimes it can take years to find the right place, but it is always worth the wait. Tonight I’m testing out a new internet connection for our house, it operates through the AT&T 4G Network, rather than our current ‘satellite internet’ provider, and I have to say that it is much improved! I’m officially making the switch tomorrow. I have to pay a cancellation fee for the satellite internet, but I can’t take the slow speeds anymore. Anyhow, we grilled some burgers tonight, and Landon is happy to eat them. Whatever I put on my burger, he puts on his. Whatever I eat, he wants to eat. He definitely likes to be doing whatever I’m doing, which is cute. Take care!

August 12th, 2012. We had a nice weekend in Copper Harbor! Melissa and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this weekend. It is unbelievable how time flies! Melissa also stood in a wedding for her friend Janelle on Saturday, and we had a great time at the reception which was held at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. We also spent some time on the beach in Bete Grise today as well, before finally getting back home. It was nice to have some time off, and now I’m refreshed and ready for action this week. Have a great week everybody!

August 9th, 2012. How was your day? I’ve still got a few offers in the works that I’m trying to get accepted. Here is the 638 acre parcel with a simple cabin that I listed yesterday. That is one large piece of property! Tonight I had a showing on this old farmhouse with acreage near Lake Linden. I’ve got a few people looking at that place, so hopefully something will happen soon. Anyhow, we got a fair amount of rain today, which was good. Melissa and I are looking forward to spending some time in Copper Harbor this weekend, as she is standing in a wedding for her friend. It is going to feel really weird not working on a weekend! Of course I could always put up some signs while I’m up there….

August 8th, 2012. This morning I drove down to Nestoria to list a log cabin on 638 acres. Quite a property! It took most of the day driving down there, exploring the property, and then driving back. I got some office work done later on, including writing a counter offer on a deal we’re still working on for a Torch Lake parcel. Anyhow, I made it home in time tonight to have dinner, play with Landon, and now I’ll watch some TV with Melissa. Not a bad day!

August 7th, 2012. Today I went down to Kenton for an appraisal on a pending sale, and everything went well. After that I went over by Mass City to mark property lines on a 120 acre timber harvest that I’ll be managing this winter. I ended up cutting myself somehow, and have a long, nasty cut on my arm. I still got a lot done for the amount of time that I had. Also, here is my new condo listing in Eagle River. Really nice! Lots more to do tomorrow!

August 6th, 2012. Did everybody have a good Monday? We got a deal together on a nice house in Hancock today, so congrats to my buyers on that one! I’ve got a few other deals in the works that we’re still working on finalizing. I also entered in my new listing in Eagle River, so I’ll have the details on here tomorrow. Other than that, we’re still communicating with a lot of buyers, and making appointments for future showings throughout August. If you’ve got a place to sell, there is still plenty of time, so get in touch if you’d like me to sell it. Have a great day!

August 5th, 2012. Real estate is definitely a seven day a week job this time of year. Saturday I put up signs all over the place on some new listings. On Sunday I got some signatures back for an offer on 20 acres near Tapiola, so hopefully we’ll get that together. Sunday night I went up to Eagle River to take pictures of a new listing on a nice condo unit overlooking Lake Superior. This has really been a great summer. Now I’m catching some Olympic action on TV before I head to bed. Time for another week!

August 3rd, 2012. This morning I wrote an offer with a buyer on a beautiful waterfront lot on Torch Lake. In the afternoon I had showings on some lots in Centennial Heights, as well as Tamarack City. We also ended up officially getting a deal together on a 50 acre parcel in Portage Township, so congratulations to Lynn and James! I hope that everybody has a wonderful August weekend!

August 2nd, 2012. Hello again. Nothing too exciting today. Got a lot of office work done, and it sounds like I’ll be writing some more purchase agreements within the next few days. It was nice to get home in time tonight to play with Landon. He helped me out in the garage tonight, and we enjoyed every second. I marinated and grilled salmon tonight, and it turned out great. Melissa was impressed! Now I’m watching deer and raccoons, which is a great way to end the day! Another week is flying by…

August 1st, 2012. The month of August has arrived! Today I had a showing on a waterfront farmhouse near Oskar. In the evening I took a buyer on a showings all over the Chassell/Tapiola/Pelkie area. It went well, we are likely going to write an offer on one tomorrow morning. Here is a waterfront home on Portage Lake that I just listed this week. I also listed this affordable home on Ingot Street in Hancock. We already have our first showing on it tomorrow. As many of you saw today, a nice sized black bear is getting to be a regular at the new feeder. I received e-mails from many of you tonight updating me. I’m glad you are enjoying the show! Take care!

July 31st, 2012. Another summer month is already behind us! Today was quite a day. This morning I wrote an offer with a buyer on 90+ acres in southern Houghton county. Later I went down to Baraga to show a neat little cabin on Lake Superior. My buyers liked it so much that we went straight back to the office to write an offer. I also ended up writing a new purchase agreement for another land deal in Houghton County, and it sounds like it will be accepted. Tonight I showed a few houses to a buyer and her parents, and we ended up writing an offer on their favorite, and the sellers already accepted it! Quite a day! I didn’t get home until after 11:00 pm, and now I have a lot of e-mails to catch up on. It is good to be busy. Bring on August!

July 30th, 2012. Another week is off and running. This morning I put signs up and took pictures of a new residential listing on Portage Lake. In the afternoon we closed on a nice waterfront home on Huron Bay, so congrats to my sellers Dean and Joan. That was a very smooth transaction. Tonight I had a showing on a new residential listing in Hancock, and we ended up going straight to the office to write an offer after the showing, so hopefully that will come together. Also, did you see the bear on webcam? Those bears have quite a sense of smell. The very first day I put the feeder back up, and back they come. I know many of you saw the bears, as I’ve been getting your e-mails. I guess we’ll find out sooner than later if the new set-up is bear proof. Have a nice day!

July 29th, 2012. August is almost here! Saturday morning I had a showing on this old farmhouse with beautiful acreage overlooking Torch Lake. It went very well, hopefully I’ll hear from the buyers again early this week. Later in the weekend I also ended up writing an offer on 50 acres in Houghton County, so hopefully we’ll get that together this week! You’ll notice something a little different on the webcam. Thanks to my friend Dan from DePuydt Construction (one of the best builders up here), I have a new bear/raccoon proof feeder system (hopefully). We took the legs off of the feeder, and now have it hanging more than 8 feet off the ground. If you look at the top of the image in the webcam, you can just see bottom of the feeder hanging down. The dark round thing near the bottom of the pole is a crank/cable to lower and raise the feeder when I need to fill it. Now I should be able to feed the deer and avoid damage from bears. We’ll see how it goes. Have a great Monday!

July 27th, 2012. How was your Friday? I spent much of the day communicating with a few different potential buyers. I have some deals in the works that should be coming together soon. We also got everything ready for a nice closing coming up on Monday. Tonight I measured and took pics of a rental home in Hancock that I’ll be putting on the market early next week. Now we’ve got Landon in bed, and Melissa and I are watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. We’re looking forward to watching them as much as possible this year. Have a nice weekend!

July 26th, 2012. These cooler temperatures are so nice! This morning we had a closing on a nice home on Middle Street in Calumet, so congrats to my buyers on their purchase. Here is a beautiful new waterfront parcel in desirable Bete Grise. Properties have usually sold pretty well for me in the Lac La Belle area. It sure is nice up there. Also, here is a nice new parcel in Ontonagon County that we just listed. Really nice set up for serious hunters. You may notice that that I mowed the food plot for the webcam, and it looks nice. I watched three more deer on it tonight. I’m already looking forward to October!

July 25th, 2012. Much of Upper Michigan received some much needed rain today, so that was a good thing. Rainy days are a good time to get paperwork done at the office. We entered in a few new nice listings today, so those will be on the site by tomorrow. I scheduled a showing for Saturday morning, so I’m looking forward to that. I actually got home at a decent time for once, so it was nice to spend time playing with Landon tonight. Also, some of you have been slacking on sending in pictures for ‘pic of the day’! I know you are out taking lots of beautiful pics this summer, so don’t forget to send a few to joshsteinland@gmail.com so we can all enjoy them! Have a great day!

July 24th, 2012. Another fairly productive day. I wrote an offer with a buyer on a commercial property near the water in Houghton, so we’ll see how that goes. Tonight I listed a waterfront parcel up in Bete Grise near Lac La Belle. I took Melissa with me, and then we continued up to Copper Harbor for a delicious dinner at the Harbor Haus. Melissa’s Mom came over to watch Landon, which he always enjoys. Also, I saw four different deer on the webcam today, including two different bucks! It is neat to see them while their antlers are still in velvet. I hope some of you saw them today as well. Have a great day!

July 23rd, 2012. I hope that everybody survived their Monday. After leaving the office today I worked on the webcam, and finally got everything back online. I already saw a buck on the webcam tonight, so that was fun. As we enter August, the deer will start to make more appearances, as their dietary needs are changing as we approach Autumn. The foodplot will be worked back up and replanted sometime in the first week of September. It was weird coming home tonight realizing that this would be the first night that we hadn’t had company in a month, literally. It was nice to have a quiet night here. I’ll check back in with you tomorrow!

July 22nd, 2012. On Friday we closed on a duplex in Calumet, so congrats to seller Shannon and buyer Dawn. We got that deal together on the 18th and closed on the 20th, talk about fast! Saturday we went fishing up in Keweenaw County and had a really good time. That is the first time I’ve gotten out fishing here in the U.P. so far this year. Hopefully it won’t be my last time out this season. On Sunday we got a lot of projects done around the house, and now I’m ready to see what this week of work brings. Lastly, check out this deal on a beautiful waterfront parcel in Chassell Township! Excellent price for such a stunning property. Have a great week!

July 19th, 2012. Another week is flying by. I got quite a bit of office work done today, and then tonight had a second showing on a commercial building that I had shown in Laurium yesterday. Second showings are obviously a good sign of serious interest. I know that quite a few people, including my wife, are excited for the Canal Run this Saturday. I expect a pretty big turnout again this year. Have a nice Friday!

July 18th, 2012. The temps have been much more comfortable this week. This morning I listed a waterfront home not too far from Houghton. We are going to have the home professionally ‘staged’, and then it will hit the market next week. In the afternoon my buyers from yesterday came in and wrote a full price cash offer on the house that I had shown them yesterday. The seller obviously was happy to accept. We are actually closing the deal Friday. Talk about fast! Later in the afternoon I went up to Laurium to show an old sandstone building. The showing went quite well, and then the buyers also had me look at a house that they may end up listing with me. Anyhow, the new website is almost done, so be ready for the upgraded site anytime now. Also, I am aware that the webcam is froze up, I’ll try to check on it sometime between now and Friday. Take care!

July 17th, 2012. Real estate keeps on rolling! Here is my newly listed house on Prospect Street in Hancock. I also listed this old farmhouse on 49 acres overlooking Torch Lake. We’ve already had a couple of calls, so I think that one will move pretty quickly. The land is superb. The last new listing of the day is this acreage on the Montreal River in Keweenaw County. I usually have pretty good luck moving land in this price range in Keweenaw County. Throw in lots of frontage on the Montreal River, and this should be a pretty hot property as well. This afternoon I had a showing on a duplex in Calumet. The buyers called tonight and said that they’d like to write up a purchase agreement tomorrow, so hopefully that will go smoothly. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

July 16th, 2012. Hopefully this is supposed to be our last ‘hot’ day for awhile. This morning I had to run up to Calumet to get the wheels turning on a home inspection. After that I worked in the office all day and got a few new listings entered in. This afternoon I surprised Melissa with a brand new washing machine all set up at our house. I know that it doesn’t sound like a very romantic gift, but our old one was acting up, and she was thrilled with this new ‘high capacity’ washer. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

July 15th, 2012. Another weekend flew by! Saturday we went to a birthday party for Melissa’s little cousin Shelby who turned eight. Sunday I put signs up at a new listing in Hancock, one on Bootjack Road, one in Laurium, and one on the Montreal River in Keweenaw County. I was glad to get that done today so I can catch up on some office work on Monday. Lastly, here is a new residential listing on a huge waterfront parcel on Keweenaw Bay. I hope that you are all enjoying your summer!

July 13th, 2012. This morning I went out to Lake Linden and listed an old farmhouse with about 50 acres. After that we had closings on a house in Lake Linden, as well as a waterfront parcel on Point Abbaye. Later in the afternoon I took pics of a new residential listing in Hancock. Also, today I was able to check out a house in Houghton that I had professionally ‘staged’. It looked great! It is amazing what nice furniture, artwork, and overall design can do to an empty house! We already have a showing on Monday, so we’ll see how that goes. Lastly, I’m really excited that my ‘upgraded’ website is getting close to completion. Most of the site will be the same, but there will be many upgrades that I’m excited to show you. Have a great weekend!

July 12th, 2012. Today was another warm one. After meeting with a buyer in the morning, I went down to Pelkie to show the boundaries of a property to a buyer who wanted one last tour before our closing at 11:30. The closing went well, so congrats to Robert and Phoebe on their new U.P. acreage. Later in the day I had some showings in Laurium and Mohawk, and they went pretty well. We may end up writing an offer in the morning. A couple of the deals I have been working on also came together today, one was a house on Middle Street in Calumet, and the other was a camp with 40 acres near Kenton. I’ve really been blessed with a lot of great clients this year, which is making my job fun, even though the hours have been long. Have a wonderful Friday!

July 11th, 2012. Today I was out in the Pequaming area and listed a nice home on a huge waterfront parcel on Keweenaw Bay. It was really hot out today, so I couldn’t help but be a little envious of all of the people out boating and swimming. When I wrapped that appointment up, I did some sign work on some other properties that we have in the area. Out at one property, I was taking an old sign off of a garage to replace it with a new one. The sign was a little loose, but when I unscrewed it, a bat flew out from behind it right at my face! That startled me pretty good! Lastly, here is my new listing on Tamarack Waterworks Road that has a great view of Lake Superior! I’ve already had a couple of calls on this one. Have a great Thursday!

July 10th, 2012. Just another sunny day in the Keweenaw! We really have had nice weather this summer. I spent much of the day today working with some nice buyers from Iowa. I also entered in a couple of real nice listings that will be up on the site tomorrow. Our friend Shannon made his way back up here today, so we enjoyed having dinner with him. We’ve grilled out four days in a row now! Tonight I helped Shannon set up a whole bunch of scaffolding for a roof job that he is working on tomorrow morning. I hope that your July is going well!

July 9th, 2012. How was your Monday? I had a few appointments this morning, and then I attended a home inspection in Tapiola to help out with the water test. I currently have a few deals that are still in negotiations, so I’m hoping to wrap those up soon. After work tonight, we planned to have a few friends over to grill steaks, and we actually ended up with quite a few people coming by, so it was nice to sit out on the deck with everybody and enjoy another nice summer night. My cousin is heading back home in the morning, and I’m getting ready for some showings that I have scheduled for tomorrow. I hope you all have a great day!

July 8th, 2012. Another weekend gone too fast! Saturday morning I put up several signs all over Houghton County, and got done just in time to pick up my cousin from the airport who is up visiting now. I also received an offer on this camp with 40 acres that I recently listed near Kenton. I’m meeting with the sellers in the morning to address the offer. On Sunday I showed a house in Calumet, and the buyers ended up making a cash offer, so that was great news! Other than that, we still managed to have some fun and grill out when I wasn’t working. I hope that all of you had a great weekend, and I’m ready to see what this week will bring. Take care!

July 6th, 2012. Friday already! We had a couple of closings today. One was on a nice parcel in Stanton Township that Erin and Joe (bro-in-law and sis-in-law) purchased, so congrats to them on finding their future building site. The other was on a beautiful home on Agate Harbor that was listed for a half million bucks, so congrats to my sellers for being able to sell their place. Speaking of beautiful waterfront, here is really nice and profitable resort on Huron Bay that I recently listed. Tomorrow my cousin is flying in for a few days, so it will be fun to see him as always. Have a fantastic weekend!

July 5th, 2012. How was your 4th? We ended up in Copper Harbor with our family and my brother’s family as well. We did some browsing and shopping in Copper Harbor, and then had dinner at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. They really did a nice job at the lodge, and dinner was great. Some nasty weather rolled in after dinner, but it ended up clearing just in time for a great fireworks show. If you haven’t watched the fireworks in Copper Harbor, you need to experience it. So here are a few new listings. The first is this great looking waterfront parcel on Huron Bay. The lot is already partially cleared and just waiting for somebody to come enjoy it. The next new listing is this 6 acre parcel near Aura. What a nice price for some beautifully wooded land in a nice area. The last one is this 3 acre parcel overlooking Lake Superior! At this price, I don’t think this one will last long. Anyhow, I hope that everybody enjoyed the 4th, and I hope you all continue to make the most of this beautiful summer season.

July 3rd, 2012. Hello! This morning I drove out towards Rice Lake to look at a potential new listing. Unfortunately the seller has been trying to sell his place for a couple of years, and still wants more money than the property is really worth, so I declined the listing. I don’t try to be hard on people, but I feel that it doesn’t do them any favors to list a property for a price that I know it can’t sell for. After that I spent a long day and night in the office trying to get everything caught up so I can try to take some time off on the 4th. My brother and his family showed up later tonight, and stopped in to see the new office. I’m looking forward to spending most of the day with them tomorrow, and then catching the fireworks in Copper Harbor. Happy Independence Day to all of you!

July 2nd, 2012. Holy wah. (A classic Keweenaw saying). This morning I was up in Copper Harbor bright and early. On my way back to Houghton, I received a call from some buyers that were anxiously wanting to see a newly listed waterfront cottage up in Skanee, so off I went to northern Baraga County. After all that, I made it back to the office in time to list a couple of commercial properties on the edge of Houghton. After that, we had a nice closing on a waterfront home in Bootjack, so congrats to the sellers and buyers on a very nice sale. Tonight I had a showing on the Lake Linden house that I listed yesterday, and the buyers were so excited that we wrote a full price cash offer on the kitchen table. I’m glad that I remembered to bring a purchase agreement. The sellers obviously accepted it right away, and were really thrilled. Anyhow, it is 9:00 and I actually haven’t even eaten today, so I’m starving! Time for some dinner and sleep. Hopefully I can keep up with this pace while it lasts. To all of you that will be traveling for the 4th, be safe and have fun!

July 1st, 2012. Welcome to July! The summer selling season is in full swing. Saturday I drove out to Point Abbaye with some buyers to show a waterfront parcel, and we ended up going back to the office to write a cash offer. The seller plans to accept the offer on Monday. Later that day I ended up listing a nice house in Houghton, so I’m looking forward to getting that on the market. Sunday I went to Lake Linden and signed paperwork on a new residential listing there as well. The sellers said that they interviewed quite a few agents, so I felt very fortunate that they chose me. I actually have some buyers in mind for the house, and plan on showing it tomorrow. Later on Sunday Melissa and I got a lot done around the house in preparation for my brother and his family arriving on Tuesday. The house is clean and the grass is mowed, so we’re ready for some fun with them. Back at it tomorrow. Take care!

June 29th, 2012. Another warm sunny day in the Keweenaw! A lot of traffic is coming into town as we are heading into the weekend, and I’m sure many are staying through next week (4th of July). This morning I wrote an offer on a nice little house in Ahmeek, so hopefully we’ll get that together. After that I had a closing on my recent listing on Oneco Road, so congrats to the sellers and buyers! This afternoon I had to go up to Eagle Harbor to help chlorinate a well to clear up a water test for an upcoming closing. We should be able to get a good water test by Monday. Later today I also met with some people at a house in Lake Linden that I’m working on listing. Time to get ready for some listings and showings tomorrow. I hope you all have a fun weekend! Get some sun (but don’t forget the sunscreen)!

June 28th, 2012. Work, work, work! This morning I drove down to Skanee to list a cottage rental business on Huron Bay, as well as a nice vacant parcel on the water. I also took pics and put up signs on two other random vacant lots near Point Abbaye. I also took the opportunity while I was down that way to take some updated pics of listings now that things are nice and green. This afternoon I ended up sending out a purchase agreement on a nice waterfront parcel that I have listed, so I’m looking forward to getting the signatures back on that. Tonight I also checked out a house in Houghton that I should be listing sometime next week. I am looking forward to my brother coming up with his family next week. I’ll try to make enough time so we can enjoy their company while they are here. They haven’t seen the new house or office yet, so that will be fun to show them everything we’ve been up to. Have a fantastic Friday everybody!

June 27th, 2012. Another warm day! This morning I went to a showing appointment in Laurium, and got stood up. It is always disappointing when somebody doesn’t show up, and also doesn’t call you to let you know they aren’t coming, but it happens. I did end up showing a few other houses in Ahmeek and Calumet in the afternoon, and it went well. We are planning on writing an offer on one Friday morning. Later in the afternoon I also ended up writing an offer on a 39 acre parcel in Ontonagon County. We also officially got our deal accepted on this 20 acre listing between Houghton and Calumet, so congrats to my sellers on that one. I’m pretty certain that I’ve never been this busy in my real estate career, so it is nice to see the market doing so well in 2012. Time to get ready for plenty of miles tomorrow. Take care!

June 26th, 2012. 80 degrees is warm by our standards, but I know not nearly as hot as much of the country. I’ve got a couple of new listings to share with you. The first is this very nice updated home in a nice neighborhood in Hancock. We already had our first showing on it today. Also, here is an awesome cabin with 40 acres and a pond in the Ottawa National Forest! This place epitomises the experience that many buyers are looking for up here. I was supposed to show an 80 acre parcel later this afternoon but the buyer had to cancel, so I ended up helping finish up the some of the roofing project. Melissa got to go out golfing tonight, so that was nice that she was able to get out and have some fun, she deserves it. She shot a ’44′ which must be pretty good because she was excited (I don’t golf). I hope you are all having a great week!

June 25th, 2012. Another week is underway. Today was the first day of work for my new assistant, and it went really well. It is going to help me out a lot to have somebody taking care of so much of the paperwork and filing. I’d like to spend as much time as possible listing and selling, and less time sitting in the office doing paperwork until dark. Today we entered in three new listings, and also started the paperwork for a few upcoming closings. I also made some appointments for showings later this week. I actually made it home in time tonight to play with Landon for quite awhile, so that was a really nice way to end the day. Talk to you tomorrow!

June 24, 2012. I hope that everybody had a great weekend! I had a good showing on a 10 acre parcel south of Houghton, and there are a couple other deals that we are still negotiating on. Other than that I spent most of the weekend putting new shingles on our house. I’m plenty sore, but we are just about finished. The weather was pretty nice for working on the roof, sunny but not too hot. I also picked up a new car this weekend, and we really like it. I wanted a car that was a little bigger for taking clients on showings. Now it is time for a late dinner, and then it will be time to get ready for another week!

June 21st, 2012. Another busy day. Today we ended up receiving an offer on this 20 acre parcel on Oikarainen Road. Hopefully everything will come together. I also signed a listing agreement for a really nice cabin with 40 acres in Houghton County. Other than that I scheduled quite a few upcoming showings, so it looks like the summer is going to be very busy for us. Speaking of summer, today is the first day! Spring is now behind us. Our friend Shannon spent most of the day starting the shingle job on our house, and I helped him for a bit when I finally got home. Lots going on!

June 20th, 2012. Lots of rain! It was nice to receive so much rain today, though it made the driving visibility a little difficult. I was supposed to show a remote 80 acre parcel today, but the buyer ended up calling to cancel due to the weather. I got caught up on some office work, and then got everything squared away to start a roofing project on our house. Melissa’s friend Carrie brought over her 1 year old son Carter tonight, and Landon enjoyed playing with him. Anyhow, as I’m typing this the thunder keeps booming and the rain keeps falling. Have a great day!

June 19th, 2012. Real estate keeps rolling along! We ended up with multiple offers on my new listing on Oneco Road, and we ended up getting an accepted offer this afternoon! I also ended up with another showing on my listing on Oikarainen Road, and that one went pretty well also. Here is my newly listed house with beautiful acreage just outside of Houghton. We already had our first showing on it tonight. Also, here is another new residential listing in South Range. I’m very excited about both new listings. Tonight we had some friends over and grilled out, so that was really nice. We need to try to enjoy summer while we can. I’ll check in with you all tomorrow. Take care!

June 18th, 2012. This morning we received some rain, which was very much needed. We could still use some more. Today I ended up writing an offer on a really nice house with acreage south of Houghton. Hopefully we’ll be able to reach an agreement. After that I entered in a couple of my new residential listings that I’ll feature on here tomorrow. Today our friend Shannon made his way up here. He is a very skilled carpenter, and will be doing some random projects around the house this week. I’m very thankful, as I don’t know when I would have gotten the time to get to all of the projects. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

June 17th, 2012. I hope that everybody had a great weekend, and I hope that all of the ‘Dads’ had a great Father’s Day. I’m sorry that all of my journal updates have been mostly work stuff these days, but that is what has been consuming my time. Friday we ended up having three showings on this place on Huron Bay that I had just listed the previous day! The third showing ended up amounting to a great offer! You can’t ask for anything better than that. After that I checked out a 150 acre parcel that I’ll be managing a timber harvest on later this fall. Later that afternoon I had a pretty good showing on my house w/80 acres listing near Tapiola. We’ve had a lot of activity on that one, so hopefully something will come together soon. That night I went back down to L’anse to get the final signatures for the morning’s offer on the Huron Bay place. Lots of miles that day! Saturday morning I checked out a potential new listing of a nice cabin near Kenton. In the afternoon I listed a very nice newer home in South Range. Sunday was Father’s Day, and we were able to spend most of the day with Melissa’s family, and we all had a nice time. I did have to cruise up to Copper Harbor later in the day to locate a septic tank for an inspection, and to meet with another seller up there. ANYHOW, I’m strongly consider taking a day off sometime soon if I ever get caught up. Thanks for reading all of this, and have a great week!

June 14th, 2012. How was your Thursday? It was rainy up here in the north country, but we needed the precipitation. I ended up getting the deal accepted from the offer we wrote last night, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. Most of the day and early evening was spent getting caught up in the office. Melissa and I did manage to go out to dinner tonight, so that was nice. Now I’m getting everything ready for a marathon day tomorrow. Lots of appointments, lots of miles. Hopefully we have decent weather! I found out that my brother and his family will be coming up around the 4th of July, so that will be nice to see all of them. Have a great Friday everyone!

June 13th, 2012. Things are still moving fast. Today I drove over to Huron Bay to take pics and put up signs on a nice new waterfront listing. After that I used my GPS to locate a very remote, but very beautiful 120 acre timber parcel that I’m listing as well. Then I checked out a few properties with one of my new agents to help determine some market values. After that I had to rush back north to Calumet to show this 10 acre parcel overlooking Lake Superior. I ended up meeting the buyers back in Houghton in the evening to write up a good offer. Another night of getting home after 10:00 pm. I’m very fortunate to have a wife that is so understanding. She knows that this is a crazy time of year. Even so, I can’t ever recall being this busy, so hopefully this is all a good sign that the overall real estate market is moving in a very positive direction. Time for bed. Take care!

May 31st, 2012. The last day of May! This morning I entered in my new 10 acre listing out by Skanee. Then I had to run up to Calumet to get a counter offer signed for a waterfront deal that is still in the works. Later I went up to Copper Harbor to meet with a landowner with lots of holdings all over the Western U.P. We signed listing agreements for several parcels in the area. It will take me some time to get them all on the market. Tonight I went out near Lake Linden and took pictures of two of my new waterfront listings. Taking the pictures in the sunset hours of the day makes for great listing photographs. Anyhow, I made it home in time to play ‘ping pong’ with Landon. He is still learning to talk, so he calls it ‘king kong’. Either way, we had fun.

May 30th, 2012. Just another busy day! I received signed paperwork back for a new listing on Mud Lake, as well as a new listing on Rice Lake. We also worked on a counter offer for a home sale in Laurium that I’ve been working on. This afternoon I went down to L’anse for a showing on a nice commercial building on Main Street. After that I went up to Huron Bay to look a beautiful potential listing for a house on the water. After that I headed over east of Skanee to take pics and put up signs of a new 10 acre parcel that I’m listing on Lower Skanee Road. I made it home by 9:30 tonight, so that wasn’t too bad. It is nice that it stays light so late up here in the summer! Time to get ready for another busy one tomorrow!

May 29th, 2012. It felt good to get back to work. We officially got the deal accepted on this recently listed parcel on Canal Road, so congrats to my sellers. That one sold quickly. Here is a newly listed 40 acre parcel that I just put on the market in the Misery Bay/Agate Beach area. It is beautifully wooded, and very peaceful and private. Finally, here is a Tomahawk Log Home on a stunning Lake Superior parcel that I just put on the market last week. We are already having a showing on it tomorrow. I’m still in negotiations on a couple of different houses, and I’m hoping to get both of them wrapped up any day now. Lots of real estate action happening!

May 28th, 2012. We’re back! I hope that all of you had a great Memorial Day Weekend. We went down to the family farm for an annual get together. My grandparents aren’t getting any younger, so it is nice to spend time with them whenever I get the chance. We had a great time down there, and I even got out fishing a couple of times. Landon did very well on the long road trip. He didn’t even watch any of his DVD’s on the way back, he just kept babbling on about all of the fun he had at the farm (petting the cows, sitting on a tractor, riding on the golf carts). It was nice to have a couple of consecutive days off, but now it is time to get back into real estate mode. Have a great week!

May 23rd, 2012. Go go go. I’m going to have at least a half dozen new listings up and running by early next week. Today I went up to the Copper Harbor/Eagle Harbor area and listed a beautiful Tomahawk Log Home on 350 feet of Lake Superior. I also received the paperwork back on a nice 40 acre parcel near Agate Beach/Misery Bay. We’ve also still got three pending offers out there that we’re trying to reach an agreement on sooner than later. I’m sure that many of you have plans for Memorial Day Weekend. We are hoping to visit some family. If I don’t talk to you before the weekend, have a great holiday weekend, and safe travels to those of you who will be out and about. Take care and I appreciate all of you that visit the site.

May 22nd, 2012. Two offers today! This morning I received a call from the buyers from the waterfront showing last night. They came into the office and wrote a good offer, so hopefully we’ll get that together quickly. After that I went up to Laurium to show a nice house on Tamarack Street to some buyers that I have been working with for a week or so. They ended up coming into the office this afternoon to place an offer on that house. Real estate is moving!

May 21st, 2012. This morning I entered in a new affordable waterfront listing near Lake Linden. I also received a couple more calls today for some other new potential listings. Tonight I had another good showing on this waterfront home on Portage Lake. It is nice to see the activity picking up on waterfront homes, as that has been one of the more challenging categories of property up here for the last few years. Lastly, you probably noticed that I took down the feeder today. I will keep throwing some corn out there manually, so there will still be plenty of snacks for all of the critters. I looked over the damaged feeder, and it looks like if I can order a new ‘tray spinner’, I should be able to attach it to the feeder, and hopefully not have to buy a whole new feeder for this fall. Have a nice day!

May 20th, 2012. Did you have a good weekend? We had some crazy weather today! Lots of severe thunderstorms in the area, and even hail. Today I received an offer on this new listing out on Canal Road. We have prepared a counter offer, and hopefully we’ll come to an agreement soon. I also officially got the purchase agreement together for the duplex in Calumet that I had been working on as well. I know that a lot of you have been enjoying watching the bears come around, but as soon as I get time, I need to take the feeder down until fall. Those bears can end up being really destructive if you keep them around too long. I’m sure they’ll move on as soon as the corn is gone. Have a great week!

May 17th, 2012. How was your day? This morning some buyers from yesterday came in to write an offer on the duplex that I had shown yesterday in Calumet. Hopefully we’ll have a final agreement reached by tomorrow. Here is a very nice new vacant land listing near ‘the breakers’, aka north portage entry. I had a nice couple come in the office today to inquire about that listing, as they had noticed the sign on their way out there. It certainly has been a busy spring, and all indications are that we are looking at an excellent year for real estate. I’m always looking for more homes or property to sell, so please keep me in mind when you hear of anybody looking to sell. Lastly, I noticed that the bears were on the webcam during the day, and again tonight. They are quite an interesting critter. Have a wonderful Friday!

May 16th, 2012. What a day! After entering in a listing this morning, I had a showing with some buyers on this rental duplex in Calumet. It went really well. After that I went over to Mud Lake to take pics and put up signs on a new waterfront listing over there. Then I had a good showing on this waterfront home on Portage Lake near Bootjack. On the way back, I received a phone call and ended up doing a short notice showing on this home for sale in Laurium. Three showings with three different buyers, and it looks like I’ll be writing offers on some, if not all three places tomorrow! Not a bad day. Also, we officially got the deal accepted on some acreage on Liminga Road this morning, so congrats to Erin and Joe. Lastly, I saw another bear on the webcam tonight, and I’m sure some of you saw it as well. I haven’t had the time to take what is left of the feeder down yet. Have a great day!

May 15th, 2012. Today was all about closings, which is always a good thing. This morning we closed on a fantastic log home on Lake Bailey, so congratulations to buyer Amy! Later in the afternoon I had a closing on one of my newer listings in the Silver River Reserve, so another congratulations to seller Stuart, and buyers Scott & Erica. So, here is an interesting new listing. This well kept place near Rabbit Bay is really priced to sell. Basically the seller has given me 45 days to sell it at this very reduced price, or else it will be sold to an outside party. I’m going to work hard to make this one happen quick. Have a great day!

May 14th, 2012. Another beautiful, sunny day! This morning I entered in a new listing, and got some other work done around the office. Tonight I drove up to Lake Bailey to do a final walkthrough on a beautiful waterfront log home that we are closing on tomorrow morning. I’ve fished that lake many times, so I remembered to bring a pole and my tackle box. I caught a pike on my very first cast off the dock! I ended up catching a few, and had another one follow my lure up to the dock. It was fun to get in a few minutes of fishing ‘on the job’. I hope that your Monday was great!

May 13th, 2012. What a beautiful weekend! Saturday I put up real estate signs around Pelkie, Tapiola, and Rabbit Bay. Sunday morning I put up another sign on a new property out by the ‘Breakers’. Then we spent most of the day with family over, and grilled out to celebrate Mother’s Day. I did end up showing some land later in the day, and we went back to the office to write an offer. Hopefully we’ll get a deal together on it early this week. So, congratulations to Joe Cotey, who came up with the name ‘Kernal’ for the webcam raccoon. Thanks to all of you who sent in so many good names, but ‘Kernal’ ended up with the most votes. Speaking of ‘Kernal’, be sure to check out ‘pic of the day’ for a short story about all of the problems he caused on Sunday night. Those of you that were watching the webcam Sunday afternoon took in quite a show with a black bear sow and her cub eventually breaking the feeder. I’ll have to get out there asap, and unfortunately take the feeder down for awhile, as the bears will continuously tear apart the feeder. I will however, try to continue to manually feed Kernal as much as possible. Check out ‘Pic of the Day’!

May 11th, 2012. Lots of miles today! This morning I drove down towards Bergland to take pictures of an upcoming listing. It ended up taking a long time, as it is quite the place. Over 700 acres complete with awesome house, guest cabin and much more. After that I drove to Ewen where I spent most of the rest of the day collecting field data and taking pictures of a parcel that I’m writing a CFA plan for. After that I went and took updated pics of another nearby listing. Also, here is a new 20 acre listing between Houghton and Calumet that just hit the market yesterday. I already had a good call on it this morning, so we’ll see what happens. Time to get ready for tomorrow, I still have a lot to do. Lastly, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mothers out there! Have a great weekend!

May 10th, 2012. Today I attended a showing on this fantastic home on Lake Superior near Eagle Harbor. After that I drove up Brockway Mountain to put signs on this 80 acre listing on top of the mountain. I’ll tell you what, if you ever want to put yourself in a good mood, take a Keweenaw County drive on a sunny spring day! What a beautiful day to be out and about up there. I got back to the office late in the day, but still managed to enter in a handful of new listings. Also, I just checked the poll question, and it looks like “Bandit” is currently leading the vote for the raccoon name. However, it is a really close contest, so I’ll leave the voting open for a bit to see how it plays out. Take care!

May 9th, 2012. We narrowed the long list of raccoon names down to five. There were so many good ones, we almost just had to randomly pick the five. Visit the poll question to cast your vote. I’ll leave the poll question up for just a few days, and we’ll see what name you all decide to name the resident raccoon. You may also notice that I tried to fix the ‘varmint guard’ on the feeder tonight, so hopefully that holds up. Today I went and checked out a potential new listing near Rabbit Bay, and it looks like I’ll be getting paperwork signed on it tomorrow. Have a great day!

May 8th, 2012. Our resident raccoon is getting a lot of attention! Yesterday I asked for some name suggestions for our furry friend, and the amount of e-mails I received was way more than expected! I’ll have to take some time tomorrow to read through all these. There are so many good ones, it is going to be hard for me to narrow it down. I will try to come up with the short list sometime tomorrow. Thanks for all of your e-mails! Many of them are really funny. I’ll check back in with you all tomorrow. Take care!

May 7th, 2012. The leaves aren’t out yet up here, but the trees are starting to bud out. I’m still trying to shake a cold that has been bothering me for a few days. I still got quite a bit done in the office today. I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails about the raccoon that has been frequenting the feeder on the webcam several times a day. I’m starting to wonder if we should come up with a name for him/her? Why don’t you guys e-mail me some possible names, I’ll pick three or four of my favorites, and then we’ll all vote on it on the poll question. My e-mail is joshsteinland@gmail.com. Be original!

May 6th, 2012. How was your weekend? Everybody up here seems to be ready for some warmer weather to come our way, as we certainly got spoiled in the month of March. Saturday I went down towards Bootjack and listed this waterfront home on Portage Lake. I have to say that the house is sitting on one of the nicest lots I’ve seen on Portage. After that, I went down to Jacobsville and listed this really affordable waterfront lot on the Portage River. The Portage River gives you direct access into Portage Lake and even Lake Superior. I predict that somebody will scoop that lot up pretty quickly. Keep watching for more listings to come this week. May is always a busy month!

May 4th, 2012. This morning we officially got the deal together on the Silver River Reserve Parcel, so congrats to both the buyers and sellers! Next week I’ll be on a mission of putting up signs and taking pictures of new places hitting the market. Tomorrow I’m going to look at a new potential waterfront listing near Bootjack. Tonight my clients Lee and Sue invited Melissa and I out to dinner at the Pilgrim River Steakhouse, and we had a really nice time. My job is even more rewarding when you end up turning clients into friends. I hope you all have a nice weekend!

May 3rd, 2012. It is that time of year where lots of new properties are hitting the market. I’ll be putting several new listings on the market over the next week or so. I’m sure many of you have noticed the lack of deer on the webcam lately (though I did see one tonight). This is the time of year where new food sources are becoming available, and the deer start to take advantage of them. Also, it is just about fawning season as well, so many of the ‘mothers to be’ will be lying low for a bit. I have been seeing turkeys from time to time, and there is at least one raccoon who has become a regular. Have a great Friday!

May 2nd, 2012. This morning we had a closing on a 168 acre parcel near Chassell, so a big congrats to Jim and Gail! Later on I ended up e-mailing out a purchase agreement for the showing that I had yesterday, so I’m looking forward to wrapping that up. By the way, the temps were above 70 degrees for most of the day, so everybody up here was really enjoying that. Lastly, here is a nicely wooded 80 acre parcel in Torch Lake Township. Talk to you tomorrow!

May 1st, 2012. Hooray for the month of May! The month is already off to a good start. I’ve got some really nice new listings in the works. This afternoon I drove down to the Alston area to show a 10 acre parcel that I recently listed in the Silver River Reserve. We had a great time hiking the property, and the buyers decided that they want the property. We should have a few details worked out by morning, and then we should have it under contract. Have a nice day!

April 30th, 2012. The last day of April! Today was all about closings. This morning we closed on a house on Tamarack Waterworks Road, so a big congrats to Lee and Sue. We’re looking forward to going out to dinner with you later this week! Later in the day we finalized a closing for two parcels near Skanee, so congrats to Jason on his new properties! Finally, we signed the final papers for a log home with 76 acres near Covington, so a final congrats to Jim and Sharon! Lots of happy clients! Tonight I took my lovely wife out to dinner at Gemignani’s for her birthday. The food was great. Time to get some GPS coordinates together for tomorrow’s vacant land showing. I hope that your week is off to a great start, and here is looking forward to a busy month of May!

April 29th, 2012. Was it just me, or did this weekend go by really fast? Saturday I drove down towards Misery Bay to check out a 40 acre parcel that I’m working on listing. I was very impressed with it, and Agate Beach is such a nice area! Sunday morning we had a home inspection on a house I’m selling in Hancock, and it sounds like everything went very smoothly. In the afternoon I drove up to Tamarack Waterworks Road to do a final walkthrough on a great house that we’re closing on Monday morning. Now I’m getting ready for work tomorrow, and also trying to figure out something to do for Melissa’s birthday. Lastly, I just put this 80 acre parcel I own near Mass City back on the market, it is a great deal! The month of May is almost here!

April 27th, 2012. Friday is here and gone! After a couple of meetings this morning I went up to a house on Crestwood Drive to take down the ‘for sale’ signs, and take a final reading from the gas meter for SEMCO. We closed the sale in the afternoon, and the buyers and sellers were both equally excited. There is nothing better than a sale when it worked out so great for everyone. Right now I’m getting GPS coordinates ready to check out a new listing tomorrow. I hope you have a fun weekend!

April 26th, 2012. Another week is going by quickly. The paperwork is all set for a couple of closings tomorrow, and one on Monday. So here are a few of my latest new vacant land listings in southern Houghton county. This 10 acre parcel is very nicely wooded, private, and has a lot of nice topography. If you need more acreage, it is also available as this 30 acre parcel. I also listed this nearby parcel that is over 18 acres in size. All of these properties are beautiful hardwood forests, and have good timber value. The prices are excellent. Other than all that, tonight my brother-in-law came over to watch the first round of the NFL draft. Melissa prepared lots of good snacks as usual. Busy day tomorrow!

April 25th, 2012. So here is a house that I just listed in Laurium. A really nice house on five lots, and at a great price. I also relisted this mining mansion southwest of Houghton at a new price. It is one of the nicest homes I’ve ever seen. Lastly, I listed this very private hobby farm on 80 acres near Tapiola. People know that I specialize in vacant land, but if you’ve followed my journal long enough, you know that I list and sell plenty of homes. In fact, I’m pretty sure this year I’ve put together more residential sales than vacant land so far. Time to get to bed. Have a nice day!

April 24th, 2012. Paperwork, paperwork. I got a bunch of listings loaded onto the MLS today, and am making progress towards a few upcoming closings. I’m hoping to get my work done early enough tomorrow to sneak out later in the afternoon and do a little turkey hunting. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring home some nice wildlife video footage. Talk to you tomorrow!

April 23rd, 2012. How was your Monday? Today I got some listing paperwork back on a great historic home south of Houghton. I’m also getting closer to listing a real nice waterfront home on Lake Superior. Other than that I’m just working on all of the upcoming closings. I’ve still got a bunch of new listings to enter in, but I ran out of time today. Have a great day!

April 22nd, 2012. Another day closer to the month of May! This weekend I received all of the signatures back for a 160 acre sale in Portage Township, so that is great news. I have a lot of closings coming up over the next couple weeks, so there will be plenty of paperwork to do this week. It is getting to be that prime time of year to list your home or property, so contact me if you’d like to get it sold. I hope that you all had a great weekend!

April 20th, 2012. Lots of miles through the beautiful western U.P. today. I drove down to Covington to try and wrap things up for an upcoming closing on a log home with 76 acres. After that I located and took pictures of four different beautiful timber parcels that I’m listing in southern Houghton County. The parcels exceeded my expectations. Towering maple, beautiful ridges and ravines, creek bottoms, and they are all well under $1,000 per acre! I’ll have all the details on here within a few days. Later on a logger friend of mine and I had dinner at Henry’s Never Inn in Rockland, and it was delicious as usual. Now I’m finally back home after about 150 miles on the road today. Get outside and enjoy your weekend!

April 19th, 2012. Real estate keeps on rolling. Today I ended up getting both deals together on both houses that I wrote offers on yesterday, so a big congrats to both sets of buyers. Tonight I went up to Laurium and ended up listing a great house at a really good price. I’ll share the details on that one soon. I hope that you all have a great Friday!

April 18th, 2012. What a day! Today I received paperwork for a listing of a home with 80 acres not too far from Houghton. In the early afternoon I had a showing on a house in Hancock, and we ended up writing an offer right afterwords. After that, I met with the buyers from last night’s showing, and we wrote a good offer on that house. I had to make it back home in time for Landon’s 2nd birthday party! We had some relatives over, and he had a great time opening his presents and playing. Hope your day was a good one as well.

April 17th, 2012. Did you get your taxes done in time? I’m laughing about the weather tonight. We had a blizzard last night so bad that we lost power, and tonight it is sunny and calm, and the snow is already gone. I’m sure you’ve watched the snow come and go on the webcam. I saw a big tom turkey on there tonight. Earlier today I met with some clients about a property that I’ll be listing soon. After dinner tonight I had a showing on this foreclosed home in Lake Linden, and it went quite well. Pretty good value there. I have a feeling that we may end up writing an offer. Also, tomorrow is Landon’s 2nd birthday!

April 16th, 2012. As you’ve probably seen on the webcam, the snow has returned to the Keweenaw. However, I don’t think it will last very long. We were actually without power for a few hours tonight, but now it has been restored. It was nice to have the woodstove, as we were able to stay nice and warm. Today I set up some house showings for tomorrow, and Wednesday. Real estate continues to be very steady. We are over halfway to the month of May!

April 15th, 2012. Are you all ready for tax time? Yuck. Friday night I stayed out at the cabin for the first time since December, so that was real nice. It sure is peaceful out there. Saturday I showed several 40 acre parcels around Houghton county. We had a real good time, and got in quite a bit of hiking. We’ll see what develops for the buyer. Sunday was kind of rainy, and a good day to lay low around the house and play with Landon. He sure is full of fun and laughs. Time for another week!

April 13th, 2012. Did you survive Friday the 13th? Today I drove to Covington to draw a water sample to finalize the inspection process for a VA loan. Hopefully we can wrap that deal up soon. I prepared several maps and GPS coordinates for showings on a handful of 40 acre parcels this weekend. Also, check out ‘pic of the day’, somebody sent me a pic of a black bear on the webcam tonight! Now I know why my ‘critter guard’ keeps getting bent and broken. Eventually that bear may completely destroy my feeder, it has happened before. Have a great weekend!

April 12th, 2012. What a beautiful April day! The sun was shining, the Tigers won, what else can you ask for? I’ve been really busy getting ready for the big push of springtime in real estate. There will be lots of active buyers, as well as new listings hitting the market. Today I talked with a new buyer that wants to look at some ’40′s’ this weekend, so I’m looking forward to that. Tomorrow I have to go to Covington to draw a water sample for a home inspection. Lots of miles, but driving is always enjoyable when you live somewhere this beautiful.

April 11th, 2012. Today we got an offer accepted on a very nice house in Hancock, so congrats to Brett, Tami, and Eli. I’ve really enjoyed working with them. Once we wrap up the home inspection it will be clear sailing. I’ve got a couple of other home inspections that I’m working through as we speak. They can tend to be a bit bumpy. Home inspectors are very thorough, which is a good thing. Hope you are having a great week!

April 10th, 2012. Even when it is cold, sunshine just makes it feel better. Today I scheduled a home inspection on a home that I’m selling on Lake Bailey up in Keweenaw county. I’m also working on a few upcoming closings, and the loan process is going very slowly. This if frustrating for the sellers, buyers, and myself, but we are at the mercy of the system. Other than that, I’m working on a few new listings, and a couple of potential sales. I hope your week is going well!

April 9th, 2012. Snow!? We had snow flurries in the air most of the day. We shouldn’t be surprised, as it is still early April in the Keweenaw. None of it accumulated on the ground. By the way, please make a note of my new e-mail address, joshsteinland@gmail.com. Thank you!

April 8th, 2012. Did you all have a nice Easter? I sure ate a lot of good food today. Saturday Melissa, Landon and I spent some time at the cabin, so that was fun. Landon never gets tired of being outside. I’m getting ready for a very busy and exciting week. Have a great Monday!

April 6th, 2012. Good Friday! It was a real nice day up here. Later in the day I showed a few potential rental homes to some buyers in Hancock. This is the prime time of the year for listing and selling rental homes around Michigan Tech and Finlandia University. I’d like to wish everybody out there a nice weekend, and a great Easter!

April 5th, 2012. Today was sunny, but quite cool. I had some meetings in the morning, and then an appointment for a potential listing this afternoon. We are still doing little things around our new house when possible. Melissa finished painting one of the bathrooms today. We picked up a pizza from Nutini’s tonight, and it was really good! Time to get ready for another day. I have some showings scheduled tomorrow. I hope you have a Good Friday!

April 4th, 2012. Today I got the paperwork rolling for an upcoming closing on two parcels near Skanee. By the way, if you are still wondering when is the ‘right time’ to buy, I’m going to say this year. A common theme from many of the buyers I’ve worked with so far this year is that they’ve been watching the market for a few years now, and have concluded that prices are basically as low as they are going to go. Interest rates are ridiculously low. There are many great parcels for sale all over up here. Combine low price, low rates, and a large inventory, and you are looking at the ideal time to find a great deal on your slice of the U.P. I’m here to help, as always.

April 3rd, 2012. Are you ready for Easter? I spent a good portion of the day looking at potential listings. I also set up some house showings for Friday afternoon. Tonight we had some friends over dinner, and it was really good. We also went for a walk around the property tonight. We sure enjoy all of the wildlife that we see out here. I also wanted to say that I appreciate all of you who enjoy this website. I really appreciate all of the nice e-mails. As I always say, if you like the website, share a link to my website with a friend or two. The traffic on this site has far exceeded my expectations, and it is mostly due to word of mouth. Thanks again.

April 2nd, 2012. This morning I drove down to L’anse to show my listing on Golf Course Road. I think that the showing went pretty well, so we’ll see where it goes from here. Other than that, I set up some appointments for listings and showings later this week. I’m planning on another busy month of real estate, and it isn’t even May yet! I hope that you are having a great spring.

April 1st, 2012. Hopefully nobody played any nasty ‘April Fool’s Jokes’ on you. I spent the weekend here at the house with Landon, as Melissa was down in Green Bay doing some shopping with her Sister and Mom, in preparation for her Sister’s wedding this summer. I took a call today on this nice cabin with 110 acres that I have listed near L’anse. I’m heading down there in the morning to show it. Also, I’m excited for the Detroit Tigers season opener this Thursday!
March 30th, 2012. Today was another busy day. This morning I got the wheels turning on listing four parcels in southern Houghton County. I’m looking forward to selling them. Tonight I had second showings on some of the homes that I had shown on Wednesday night. Shortly after getting home to eat dinner, the buyers called and decided that they were ready to write an offer on one of them. I headed back to the office, and spent a couple hours with them, and we put together a nice offer on a house in Ripley. Hopefully we’ll get it together. The buyers are such a nice family, it has been a pleasure working with them. Now I’m really looking forward to bed, it has been a busy week. Have a great weekend.

March 29th, 2012. April is almost here! This morning I mailed a Commercial Forest Act plan out to the State of Michigan. I beat the April 1st deadline, so that was good. In the afternoon, we closed on my recently listed home in Ripley, so congrats to the buyers and sellers on a relatively smooth transaction. Tonight I met with a buyer in L’anse, and then drove up to Skanee to show him some property. He liked it so much that he agreed to buy two parcels! We had a fun night. I took him over to Witz’s Marina, and also showed him Big Erick’s Bridge, as those are some of the ‘must see’ spots around Skanee. We also saw dozens of deer out and about. Nothing like springtime in the U.P. Take care.

March 28th, 2012. Another busy day. I ended up showing five houses today to some really nice buyers. They are looking to buy a house for their son while attending Michigan Tech, and then he can rent it out to a few of his friends. Essentially their son can live rent free throughout his college career here. This is a pretty common practice up here. I’ve been doing this long enough now where I’ve been able to sell a house to a family as their child begins college, and now I’ve been reselling some of those houses for them after graduation. Anyhow, it went really well, and we’ll be writing an offer on one of the houses soon. Have a great day!

March 27th, 2012. Today I drove around Keweenaw Bay and up to Skanee to check out a property for a potential buyer. It looked really nice, and I took several pics to pass along to him. Buyer inquiries have been really steady, and it is looking like we are going to have a really good year. I also set up five home showings for tomorrow. Gotta keep moving!

March 26th, 2012. How was your Monday? Today I did an extensive search for some potential student rental homes for sale in Houghton/Hancock for a buyer who is coming up on Wednesday. We also closed on a 20 acre parcel near Jacobsville, so congrats to everybody involved with that sale. Tonight, Melissa was invited to a ‘Pampered Chef’ party, so I took Landon over to a friend’s house to hang out and play with some other kids. Now everybody is back home and getting ready for tomorrow. I’m preparing for a road trip to Skanee tomorrow. Have a great day!

March 25th, 2012. The temps have dropped back down to reality, and for some reason, it doesn’t bother me a bit. We’re all still thankful that we have already gotten rid of all that snow so fast. I have all the paperwork wrapped up for a nice closing on Monday. I also finally got around to making a new poll question for you to vote on. Sorry it took me so long. Lastly, here is an incredible waterfront home that I listed between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. What a beautiful home. The windows and views are incredible! Are we nearing the end of March already?

March 22nd, 2012. Our snow is gone. You have to look really hard to find any. Other than communicating with a few different potential buyers today, I spent most of the day and early evening preparing a CFA plan, which is now complete. So, here is the really fantastic house that I listed yesterday near Lake Linden. I already got a call on it within six hours of the sign going up. Also, I just put this nice waterfront parcel back on the market in Chassell Township. This is one of the most affordable opportunities to have some property on Lake Superior, especially in a nice area like Chassell Township. Now it is time to take a Sauna!

March 21st, 2012. This morning I listed a fabulous house between Lake Linden and Calumet, details to follow tomorrow. Here is the info regarding the nice shop that I recently listed in Tamarack City. Speaking of Tamarack City, I relisted these nice affordable lots with a view of Torch Lake. Very good opportunity to pick up some nice Keweenaw property. We just had a good dinner here at home. It is really neat to watch the deer, sandhill cranes, and geese in the backyard. Gotta love country living!

March 20th, 2012. Happy first day of spring! Today wasn’t too exciting. It is always nice to get a bunch of deals together, but they also equate to a lot of paperwork, so I’m staying busy with that. I have a lot of closings coming up around early April. Tonight Melissa and I met some other parents/kids over at ‘chutes and ladders’ to let the kids play and enjoy the weather. Landon loves to be outside, and is always quite unhappy when it is time to go in. Have a great day!

March 19th, 2012. Did you have a nice Monday? Temperatures touched 80 degrees in some areas up here today. Unbelievable. I sent out the listing paperwork for one of my new waterfront listings, and also entered in my automotive service shop listing in Tamarack City. We also officially got the deal together on a 20 acre parcel down by Jacobsville, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. After work tonight I went down to the cabin to explore around a bit, and ended up finding three more shed antlers from bucks that have made it through the winter. The deer are looking to be in great health this year. Tonight I did some more work to our hot water heater, and it looks like I have it operating smoothly again. Pretty full day!

March 18th, 2012. Another balmy summer March weekend in the Keweenaw. Snow is becoming a distant memory. I still can’t imagine that we won’t see more of it before summer really arrives. Saturday I took pics of a fantastic waterfront home near Eagle Harbor that I’ll be putting on the market later this week. Sunday I answered quite a few phone calls from potential buyers. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law came over later on Sunday for some homemade pizza and to play a few games. Also, the warm weather has already brought back the Canada Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Time for an extra busy week!

March 16th, 2012. It was a very busy and productive day. I listed a nice shop/office on M-26 in Tamarack City. I’ll post the details early next week. I also got an offer accepted on this great place in Covington, so congrats to Jim and Sharon. After that I went out to Stanton Township to meet with a seller about listing a spectacular home with lots of acreage. Later I went back to the office and wrote an offer on this 20 acre parcel that I have listed near Jacobsville. My seller counter offered, but the buyers have indicated that they intend to accept the counter, so that one is looking pretty solid. When I finally got home tonight I worked on some projects around the house, including fixing our water heater. I never considered myself too knowledgeable on heating/cooling, but it is amazing how much information you can find online. I’m getting some maps around now to check out a new listing up near Eagle Harbor tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

March 15th, 2012. Another warm day, and we’re still losing snow. I spent the day getting ready for some upcoming closings. I’m still trying to make time to get up to Copper Harbor to check out a new listing. Also, I got a call from a buyer today, and it sounds like I’ll be writing an offer on one of my listings tomorrow. I feel very fortunate to be so busy in the month of March. Melissa’s mom took Landon overnight tonight, so we went out to dinner at the Ambassador, and then visited some friends on Portage Lake and played some cards. Have a great Friday!

March 14th, 2012. Close to 70 degrees in early March? We’ll take it. I spent most of the day out in the woods near Jacobsville. I was taking inventory of a timber tract that I’m writing a CFA plan for. CFA plans must be submitted to the DNR by April 1st in order for the property tax exemption to take effect in time for 2013, so I need to move quickly on this one. I saw a lot of deer, as many of them spend their winters in that region. I also came across a freshly killed deer carcass, with wolf tracks all around it. The wolves have definitely made their way north of the canal. Talk to you tomorrow!

March 13th, 2012. It was a busy day trying to get back into the swing of things. I met with some clients who may be writing an offer on some land in the City of Houghton early next week. I also set up a couple of upcoming listing appointments, as well as a showing. I also landed a project to write a CFA plan for some timberland near Jacobsville. It was another unseasonably warm day, and we are losing snow fast. I also built a nice workbench for my basement tonight. Productive day. Have a good one!

March 12th, 2012. I’m back! I ended up taking a trip down to Isabella County to tie up a real estate deal that I was working on. Then I took a couple of days to visit family at the farm. It felt weird to walk around the woods with no snow on the ground! Now that I’m back in the U.P., it looks like we’ll be losing a lot of snow this week as well. Warm weather is here…for now. I picked up my truck tonight, which now has a new Fisher snowplow on it. Hopefully I’ll still get a chance to use it before spring! Anyhow, it feels good to be back, and I have a ton of work to do. Take care!

March 8th, 2012. Just another day closer to spring! Today we closed on a house down in lower Michigan for my cousin Marcus. Congrats to him on a great buy. Buyer inquiries are increasing by the day, and I know that it is going to be another busy year. Also, thank you to those of you that have been sending in ‘pics of the day’. You guys have been sending in really great pics, and I appreciate it. Have a great Friday!

March 6th, 2012. 45 degrees today!? The weather sure can change fast. We got the offer accepted on the house on Tamarack Waterworks Road, so a big congrats to my buyers Lee and Sue! It was certainly the perfect house for them. I also traveled up to Copper Harbor today to check out a nice log home on Lake Superior that I will be listing this spring. Anyhow, I have to admit that the warm weather felt good today. Have a great day!

March 5th, 2012. The week is off to a good start! My buyers from Friday’s showing went to a local bank this morning and got pre-approved, and then we went and ahead and wrote an offer on the house. We’re expecting a response to the offer sometime tomorrow. After work, I rode my snowmobile up to Calumet and back, just to enjoy the nice winter day. The trails are relatively quiet on a Monday, rather than being out there on a weekend with most of the crowd. Anyhow, hopefully we’ll get the deal together on the house!

February 29th, 2012. Happy Leap Year Day! Pretty much all of the public schools were closed up here today. Snow and 35 mph winds made for terrible driving conditions. Most local businesses closed early today, but not us, because we are tough. Anyhow, I got a lot done today, and am working on putting together some new deals soon. Tonight I went to the Michigan Tech Men’s and Women’s basketball games. It was Round 1 of the GLIAC Tournament, and both Tech teams came away victorious. It was fun to watch. Go Huskies!

February 28th, 2012. Another day closer to the month of March! Thank you very much to those of you who have been sending in pictures for ‘pic of the day’. The pics are really nice, and appreciated very much. Nothing exciting today, just paperwork, and getting ready to list a couple of new properties. I also set up a showing on a house near Tamarack Waterworks for Friday. It hasn’t been plowed all winter, so I’ll be bringing along snowshoes for everybody. Have a good Wednesday!

February 27th, 2012. It looks like everybody survived the snowstorm in one piece. Some areas received 14 inches in a 24 hour period, but the winds really made a mess in most areas. Today was much nicer. Marcus and his friend Melissa left this morning, but not until we enjoyed a quick breakfast at the Suomi. I spent the rest of the day in the office getting ready for this week’s closing. Is February almost over already?

February 26th, 2012. On Friday, we closed on a 10 acre parcel near Mass City, so congrats to seller Gary and buyer Tom. In the afternoon, my cousin Marcus and his friend showed up for the weekend. We had a great time! We played a ton of games, and had a few friends over on Saturday night. We were originally planning on going snowmobiling Sunday, but with the 30 mph winds, we finally decided against it. Be sure to drive careful if you are up here, the wind and snow has made for some bad drifts out there. Have a great week.

February 23rd, 2012. Today we closed on a 40 acre parcel in Portage Township, so congratulations to my sellers. Other than that, I wasn’t feeling very good today, so I worked from home and tried to rest as much as possible. We have company coming up tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll feel quite a bit better by then. Have a nice Friday!

February 22nd, 2012. We finally got some decent snowfall last night. We woke up to about 5-6 inches of heavy snow. Perfect timing to get some new snow, as we plan to do a little bit of riding this weekend. This morning I got some new pictures taken for my real estate ads. The rest of the day was just a bunch of paperwork. I’m all set for closings on Thursday and Friday. We are looking forward to my cousin Marcus coming up to visit this weekend. Have a great day!

February 21st, 2012. No new deals today. I’m still getting calls and/or e-mails from potential buyers on a daily basis. We finally got some snow tonight, although it was a bit wet and slushy. Melissa, Landon, and I did a bit of random shopping around town tonight. He really seemed to enjoy running around the stores with us. Anyhow, time to put the little guy to bed and get ready for another day. Take care!

February 20th, 2012. Another day, another deal! Today I got an offer accepted on this 2.5 acre parcel near Skanee. I have nine closing folders on my desk right now, that is really exciting for this time of year. Other than that, I’ve just been working on paperwork for the upcoming closings. I thought I was going to be showing land tomorrow, but the buyer had to cancel at the last minute. I’m glad they at least called me to cancel, instead of standing me up (which unfortunately happens from time to time). Also, between the mild weather and the ample food, the deer on the webcam sure are looking healthy this winter. I know that this mild weather can’t last forever. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

February 19th, 2012. Saturday morning I met with the buyers and sellers for the Ripley house, to get all of the signatures finalized. Saturday night we had some friends over for pizza and ping pong. The weather was nice and sunny all weekend. There are a lot of snowmobilers up in the area right now, as many of the areas south of us do not have much snow. We mostly did stuff around the house the rest of the weekend. I split a bunch of wood, and made a lot of kindling. The more I use the woodstove, the less propane we use. Also, the busy wave of real estate continues, as I may be putting two new deals together early this week. February has been great!

February 17th, 2012. Another full day! This morning I drove down to Mass City and officially got a deal together on a 10 acre parcel on East Branch Road. This afternoon I had lots of paperwork to do. Land division applicatons, closing statements, home warranties, blah, blah, blah. Tonight I had a second showing on my listing near Ripley, and late tonight officially got the deal accepted, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. Lots of people ask me if I’m able to sell any real estate in the winter months up here. If you follow this journal, you already know that I stay plenty busy, even through the winter months. I have as many closing folders on my desk right now as I do in the summer months. Get out there and enjoy your weekend!

February 16th, 2012. Pretty busy day today. I drove out towards Gay to put signs up on a new listing. After that I spent several hours doing a timber evaluation on a 240 acre parcel near Lake Linden. It looked very good, but we have some access issues to figure out. I got plenty of exercise in my snowshoes today. Tonight I ended up going back to the office to write an offer on this nice house that I listed about a month ago. We still have a little negotiating left to do, but I’m sure we’ll find a way to reach an agreement. It is always good to be busy! Hope your week is going great.

February 15th, 2012. February is half over! This morning I put out more of the deer feed that you guys have donated. In the afternoon I ended up writing an offer on this nice parcel near Skanee. Hopefully it comes together. Tonight we had a nice fire in the woodstove, and also had a nice Sauna. I really love winter. Although, I must say that this is the mildest February I can remember since I’ve lived up here. I still believe we have plenty of snow coming our way eventually. Have a nice day!

February 14th, 2012. Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I did a lot of catching up. I had my home inspection at my pending sale in Sylvan Estates, and it went very well. Also, I did officially get the deal together on the 10 acres near Mass City, as well as a 3 acre parcel on Liminga Road. I also have a new deal in the works as we speak. We’ve seen a nice wave of activity during the mild weather that we’ve had over the past two weeks. Life is good here, I hope that your winter is going well.

February 13th, 2012. We’re back home! I can’t even describe what a great time we had. The weather was great, the resort was beautiful, and it was just a great experience. We took a lot of nice pics, so I’ll post some from time to time on ‘pic of the day’. Obviously I have a lot of catching up to do with work, but having a vacation really felt great. Time to get back at it!

February 9th, 2012. Greetings from Cabo San Lucas! We arrived yesterday, and everything is going great down here. Sunny skies, palm trees, and warm weather. We are already having a great time. Talk to you soon!

February 7th, 2012. Things always tend to start happening fast whenever you get ready to leave for vacation. We are still in negotiations for the parcel on Liminga Road, but things are looking good. Tonight I wrote an offer on this 10 acre parcel near Mass City, and it looks like it will be accepted. I also had a great showing on this nice house overlooking the canal that I recently listed. So, it looks like I’ll be doing a bit of real estate negotiating while on vacation, but I’ll never complain about being busy with work. Real estate is commission only, so you don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing when you work. At least I don’t, anyhow. Also, I put out a bunch of deer feed today that was all courtesy of those of you that bought feed this year. The deer are looking healthy this winter, and much of it is because of you. Anyhow, tomorrow morning we are on our way to Cabo San Lucas! Hasta luego!

February 6th, 2012. The week is off to a great start! I wrote an offer on my listing in Sylvan Estates this morning, and we already have an accepted offer! Congrats to the buyers and sellers on that one. I also received an offer on this nice parcel on Liminga Road this afternoon, so hopefully we’ll reach an agreement on that one as well. I’m still trying to get everything tied up before we leave on Wednesday. We have friends staying at our house while we’re gone, so that will be nice to have some ‘house sitters’. Talk to you tomorrow.

February 5th, 2012. I’m sure that many of you watched the Super Bowl this weekend, and probably had lots of snacks doing so. Congrats to the Giants who were the better team that day. I had a great time at the Big Buck Night in Dollar Bay on Saturday, scoring lots of trophy bucks, and hearing lots of stories. I have plenty of work to do the next couple days, as we are leaving on vacation on Wednesday. I actually plan to get another house deal together before I leave, we’ll see what happens. Have a great week!

February 3rd, 2012. We got the deal together on the great house down in Mt. Pleasant, so congrats to my cousin Marcus on his new pad. I’ve had a decent number of new buyer inquiries over the last couple days, so that is great. I received some more deer feed donations which is great news. I’m more motivated than ever to keep plowing through the snow to keep those deer fed all winter long. Thank you to Julie, Peggi, and Whitetails Unlimited, you are all very generous. Also, I’ll be scoring bucks for Commemorative Bucks of Michigan at the ‘Big Buck Night’ in Dollar Bay tomorrow night, so come on out to Bethany Baptist Church and say ‘hello’. Have a great weekend!

February 2nd, 2012. I spent the morning working on tax stuff, which is never fun. This afternoon I went down to feed the deer, and they seemed very excited to hear my truck as always. You should see plenty of deer action for quite a few days now. Tonight I wrote an offer on a house down in Mt. Pleasant. I’m representing my cousin as a buyer’s agent on a great house down there, so hopefully everything works out for that. Have a great day!

February 1st, 2012. February is here! I had a good showing on this home in Sylvan Estates, and also did an agent tour of this house near Ripley. I’m planning to have both of these houses sold soon. Thank you to Kathryn, as well as James, who both purchased deer feed today. I’ll be heading out to feed them tomorrow, and they will be eating well for a few weeks now, thanks to those of you that helped! Melissa and I are getting excited realizing that we will be leaving on vacation in a week. Other than visits down to the family farm, we haven’t really traveled anywhere for a vacation since we got married four years ago. I hope your week is going well!

January 31st, 2012. The last journal entry of January! Today was an absolutely beautiful day, so I spent most of it out at my timber sale near Lake Linden. The thinning is going fantastic, and there are lots of nice veneer sawlogs. Also, some of you have already noticed the ‘donate’ option underneath the ‘deer cam’, or the new link on the left. As usual, I appreciate those of you that care to pitch in to help feed the deer through the winter. This year it has gotten even harder, as the county has decided to stop plowing the road to my property, so now I’m paying for private plowing to be able to access it to fill the feeders. Thank you already to Steve and Chuck who both purchased some deer pellets today! There will now be 300 lbs of pellets provided to the deer from some of you out there! Thanks a bunch, and have a great day!

January 30th, 2012. I was a little bit limited on working today. Our daycare lady was ill, and couldn’t take any children today, so I stayed home with Landon. We had a fun day together, and I still managed to answer some e-mails, and get some timber payments mailed out. I’ve got a friend bringing over some deer antlers tonight to get it scored for Commemorative Bucks of Michigan. Hopefully he makes it! Have a good day.

January 28th, 2012. We had a real nice weekend. Saturday night we hosted the company Christmas party at our house. We had lots of good people, food, and laughs. Sunday morning when I checked out the webcam there was a ton of snow out in the woods! I measured close to 20 inches of fresh powder! I ended up seeing the nice buck that has been making appearances on the webcam, and he only had one antler on his head! Sure enough, after doing some digging under the feeder, I found the other antler lying in the snow. Also, the website traffic has been fantastic this winter. If you are enjoying the site, don’t forget to e-mail a link to a friend, I appreciate it. Have a great week!

January 27th, 2012. Today was a productive day. In the early afternoon, I had a showing on a house in Hancock. Later on, we officially got the deal accepted for the 40 acre parcel near Tapiola, so congrats to my sellers on that one. I also listed a nice parcel of land in Keweenaw County today as well. I’m looking forward to hosting the belated State Wide Real Estate Christmas Party tomorrow night, should be fun! Have a great weekend!

January 26th, 2012. Just another day of fighting with this furnace, but fortunately, I think that the fight is over. I’m very convinced that we have solved the problem(s), and it working flawlessly now. I’m looking forward to listing a piece of land between Gay and Lake Linden tomorrow. Thank you to those of you sent in some pics for ‘pic of the day’. I appreciate it very much, so keep them coming! I’m also hoping to wrap up a deal tomorrow on my 40 acre parcel near Tapiola. Lets have a great Friday!

January 25th, 2012. Unfortunately I spent most of the day working on my furnace situation. Two different service companies can’t seem to figure out what is wrong with it, but a friend and I worked on it all night, and we may have figured it out. Currently it is working perfectly, I’ll know more tomorrow. Also, I’m starting to get a little low on ‘pics of the day’, so if you have any nice pics, don’t forget to send them to me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com, they are always appreciated. Also, for you hunters, the ‘buck pole’ is still being updated, so continue to check that out. I also appreciate those of you who have been e-mailing pics of the nice buck that has been showing up on webcam, keep those pics coming as well! Have a great day!

January 24th, 2012. What a long day! This morning I made the long drive to Gwinn to check out the timber on a 600 acre parcel. I almost got my truck stuck in the middle of nowhere when I backed over a log, but fortunately I finally made my way out. I sure am glad I bought my Polaris RMK last winter (deep powder mountain sled). It does very well in the deep snow, when my old one probably would have gotten me stuck. I saw a wolf today. I ended up down in Gladstone, and then drove back up through Sagola, Crystal Falls, Covington, and then back up to Houghton. All in all, about 7 hours on the road. It feels good to finally be back home, and enjoying the heat from the woodstove. I was also thrilled to learn that my Detroit Tigers made a big splash in free agency by signing Prince Fielder! Go Tigers!

January 23rd, 2012. It was a very yucky day for driving in the Keweenaw. We received close to a foot of wet, heavy snow overnight, and it still snowed throughout the day. The roads were really sloppy and slushy, and I saw a couple different cars in the ditch today. Today I sent out a counter offer for a 40 acre parcel near Tapiola that I’m trying to get together. Hopefully we’ll come to an agreement soon. I did some winter price reductions on a handful of properties as well. Many of the best deals happen during these months. Right now I’m getting maps and GPS coordinates ready to check out 600 acres of timber near Gwinn tomorrow. That is quite a drive, so hopefully it goes well. My snowmobile and snowshoes are ready to go. Take care!

January 22nd, 2012. Did you have a good weekend? We had a pretty fun weekend. Melissa’s Mom took Landon overnight on Saturday night, so we caught a couple of basketball games at Michigan Tech, and then had a nice dinner at the Pilgrim River Steakhouse. Sunday morning we got a lot of projects done around the house. Our furnace is still acting up, so I’m hoping to get that figured out right away this week. I had a few e-mails today from some of you that watch the ‘deer cam’, and a nice new buck just started showing up today. Keep an eye on the webcam, as he’ll likely stick around as long as there is food. Time for another week!

January 19th, 2012. I finally got my hunting DVD’s done this morning, so I’m glad to have wrapped up that project. It was extremely cold today, mostly around 0 degrees, which was the ideal day for our furnace to stop working. It worked off and on throughout the day, so I had a technician come out and look at it. He thought that it needed a new ignition module, but couldn’t do it until tomorrow. I decided that I didn’t want to get up every 45 minutes tonight to reset it, so I made arrangements to pick up the part after hours, and put it in myself. It has been working great since, so it looks like I did it correctly. We also had a friend out tonight, and played some ping pong, and also took a nice hot sauna. Gotta love winter!

January 18th, 2012. We are already getting closer to February! I noticed tonight on the way home from work that it is indeed getting dark a little later, so it is nice to know that the days are getting longer. Today I ironed out some details to go check out a potential 600 acre timber harvest near Gwinn. I’m hoping to get over there next Tuesday. After work tonight, I spent another late night editing hunting videos/footage. Almost done, hopefully. Take care!

January 17th, 2012. Another cold, snowy day! It finally feels like winter should feel. I got a lot done in the office again today, and scheduled a couple of showings on some of my listings. Later on, I did ‘sign patrol’, putting up signs on one of my new listings, and taking down signs at another. There is a new poll question for you vote on. Have a great day!

January 16th, 2012. Another week is off and running. Nothing too exciting today, just lots of random office work to catch up on. We’re already getting excited to take a vacation next month. It is going to be really nice to go somewhere warm for a few days. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the deer cam is still getting plenty of action, I hope that you are enjoying watching them. Have a good Tuesday!

January 15th, 2012. Did you have nice January weekend? There is finally plenty of snow here in the Keweenaw, and it looked lik the ski hills and snowmobile trails were all busy. I see that we have already had a snowmobiling fatality, and it seems that there always will be some every year. Snowmobiling can be dangerous business. I laid low this weekend for the most part, my mouth is still healing, and the swelling if finally going down. It feels good to carefully chew food again. I’m ready for another week. Right now I’m watching the Packers, who are currently losing. Hopefully they get it together. Have a good one!

January 12th, 2012. The snow and cold are here! Be very careful driving out there. This morning I looked at a great house that I’ll likely be listing between Lake Linden and Calumet. Tonight I had a showing on a house with a large pole building in Calumet. It seemed like a blizzard up there tonight. So, here is the house that I just listed overlooking the Portage Canal. What a great place! I can’t wait to sell it. Also, I’m still recovering from the wisdom teeth ordeal. My face was a little more swollen and sore today. I’m looking forward to getting all healed up and back to normal. Stay warm out there!

January 11th, 2012. Hopefully we got lots of snow tonight, we’ll see. My teeth were kind of sore today, but not too bad all things considered. I was able to work all day. I got my new residential listing entered onto the MLS today. Tomorrow I have another listing appointment, as well as a showing later on. Tonight I played some cards for a bit with ‘the guys’. We had a good time. Time to get ready for tomorrow. Have a good one.

January 10th, 2012. What crazy weather we are having! Temperatures exceeded 50 degrees in many areas up here today, so crazy. It doesn’t sound like the warm weather will last however, I expect plenty of cold, snowy days coming soon. Today I went down to Niagra, WI for the wisdom teeth extraction. I was able to talk them into letting me just get numbed, rather than be ‘put under’, so that made me happy. It went pretty well, but I am quite sore now tonight, as the numbness has worn off. Hopefully I’ll be back up to par quickly, as I have a lot to do. It also stinks not being able to chew food. You can only eat so much ice cream and chicken noodle soup. We’ll see how I feel in the morning. Have a good day!

January 9th, 2012. This morning I had a good meeting with Torch Lake Township. This afternoon I went down to L’anse to put up some signs, and set up a lockbox on a house that I have listed down there. This weather is crazy! I’ve never seen the roads so completely dry this time of year, it seems like May outside. Tonight I listed a really great house overlooking the canal between Hancock and Ripley. I’ll post the details in a couple days. I’m not looking forward to tomorrow. I have to go to Niagra, WI to get my lower wisdom teeth removed, blah. We’ll see how that goes. Take care!

January 8th, 2012. We had a group of people over for the Lion’s playoff game last night, and even though Detroit lost, we still had a good time. The Black Bear Den Cam is back up for the winter! It sure is interesting to watch, so check it out. I’m getting ready for a meeting with Torch Lake Township in the morning, regarding selling some property that they own. Lets make it a good week!

January 6th, 2012. Unseasonably warm weather. It really felt like late April outside today. This morning I had an electrician over to check out the sauna, and we finally have it back working! When I tried to do it myself, I had everything right except I crossed a couple of wires. Now we’re good. Melissa is excited to use it tonight, as she is exceptionally Finnish. Today we closed on a parcel of land up in Keweenaw county, so congrats to everybody on that one. We’re looking forward to having a few people over tomorrow night for the Lions playoff game. Go Lions!
January 5th, 2012. Nothing like a sunny winter day in the Keweenaw. After spening the morning in the office, I went out to Rice Lake to prep a house for a home inspection. We got a nice cottage under contract out there last week. I also forgot to mention that we closed on a 240 acre parcel near Ewen that I’ve had listed for quite awhile. Congrats to Doug, Jan, and Steve on that transaction. I also visited a timber harvest that I’m managing near Lake Linden today. Everything is looking fantastic. The new road system looks great, and the ground is nice and frozen, minimizing any impact from the machinery. Tonight I had two different showings on my house in Sylvan Estates. The second showing went quite well, hopefully we’ll make something happen. Have a nice Friday!

January 4th, 2012. It feels good to be back in the swing of things at work. We’re getting quite a bit of activity on this spacious house in Sylvan Estates. It is a great buy, and I expect that it will sell sooner than later. I’ve been getting literally dozens of e-mails from you wondering what kind of camera I am using for the ‘deer cam’. Here is a link to the webcam that I use. Time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. Take care!

January 3rd, 2012. I’m still trying to get the hang of typing ’2012′. Today was very busy and productive. I tried to get caught up with everything in the office, but didn’t quite make it as the phone kept ringing. Lots of buyers inquiring now that the holidays are over. I should have some new deals together very soon. We’re also getting excited about getting our vacation planned in February. Other than traveling to visit family, Melissa and I have not been on a vacation since we got married four years ago. We’re going someplace warm…

January 2nd, 2012. Finally home! We had a very nice time down on the family farm. We visited a few friends, and hung out with lots of relatives. We had great food, played lots of games, and shared a ton of laughs as usual. It was a pretty long drive home today. The northern lower had some heavy snow, and then when we got to Munising it got really bad. The snow and wind were so heavy at times that we nearly had to stop the truck on the highway, as the visibility was nearly zero. It finally cleared up past Marquette, and we eventually made it home. It feels great to be back. I have lots of work to do tomorrow and this week. I hope that you all had a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. I feel very thankful to have had another great year in 2011, and look forward to making 2012 even better. Time to get the year off to a good start!

December 28th, 2011. Good morning from Munising! We hit the road after Melissa got off work last night. We did a little last minute Christmas shopping in Marquette, and finally made it to Munising around Landon’s bedtime. We’re getting ready to hit the road shortly to complete our trip to the farm. Hopefully this will be nice for Landon to break up the driving time like we did. Have a great New Year!

December 26th, 2011. Were you back to work today, or still enjoying the holidays? I spent some time working on an upcoming closing this Friday. In the afternoon, I went on my last deer hunt of the year, and it sure was windy out there. Melissa and I are getting packed for a quick roadtrip to see my family. Take care!

December 25th, 2011. Merry Christmas! I hope that everybody had a great weekend. We hosted Christmas at our new house this year, so we had a full house all day. Lots of good food and gifts for everyone. Landon was practically overwhelmed with all the people and excitement. We still have a handful of Christmas parties yet this year, so we’re just getting started. Also, thank you to those of you who have been e-mailing me pics of that nice buck on the webcam, I like to see them, so keep them coming. Back to work already?

December 23rd, 2011. The holiday weekend is just about upon us. We officially got the deal together on this waterfront home on Lake Bailey, so congrats to my buyers! I also received an offer tonight on this great cabin on Rice Lake. Hopefully we’ll reach an agreement on that one as well. So much for slow real estate activity around Christmas! After work today I went out bowhunting, and had an exciting/frustrating hunt. Anyhow, Merry Christmas to you and yours.

December 22nd, 2011. Another day closer to Christmas. It is getting to be that time of year where I actually start thinking about Christmas shopping. I’ll probably go ahead and wait until Saturday night. We are still ironing out the details on my waterfront deal up north, but we are getting very close. Also, I’m not sure if I mentioned that we recently reduced the price on this nice camp near Mass City. Later this afternoon I went out towards Rice Lake to mark property boundaries for a timber harvest that I have starting up next week. It was cold, but a nice night in the woods. Stay warm!

December 21st, 2011. It is looking good for my waterfront home deal. I’ll post the details of the house once I officially get it together. I spent the day in the office, and am feeling pretty caught up for this time of year. I actually like when things slow down a bit in the winter, as I have more time to think of more innovative ways to sell real estate. Right now I’m gathering some GPS coordinates for a property line project that I need to get going on for a timber harvest. Winter time is the ideal time for logging operations. Earlier tonight we drove to Ripley to drop some cookies off and visit our old neighbors. It was great to see them again! Take care!

December 20th, 2011. What a great day! This morning I went up towards Copper Harbor to show a beautiful lakefront home. The showing went very well. After getting back to the office for a bit, I went out for my first December bowhunt. Later on, I received a call from the buyers that I had met up north in the morning, and they were ready to make an offer. I met them back at the office tonight, and we wrote a good offer on the place. I’m sure we’ll get it together. Writing deals + hunting = a good day!

December 19th, 2011. I don’t know what the deal was today, but my phone would not stop ringing. Lots of calls from buyers today, as well as a few potential listings. We closed on a 35 acre parcel this morning near Donken-Tapiola, so congrats to Roger and Amy on that. I scheduled a showing for tomorrow morning on a nice house on Lake Bailey. In fact, I better go print off all my data sheets so I’ll be ready to go first thing in the morning (Sorry, thinking out loud). Tonight I put a new part in our Sauna, and it did start working again, but it isn’t getting very hot yet. Looks like I still have some investigating to do. Talk to you tomorrow.

December 18th, 2011. Did you survive the last weekend before Christmas? Saturday I took the snowmobile for a ride for the first time this winter. The trails in the higher country were decent, but down in Houghton/Hancock they were a little rough. Saturday night I went to a Christmas party with some friends and a very nice time. On Sunday Landon and I hung out here at the house while Melissa made some Christmas cookies with a friend. Watching the Detroit Lions win was so exciting. One of the best games I’ve seen. Time for one more week of work before the holidays. Have a good day!

December 16th, 2011. Come on snow! We really need more than this, it just doesn’t feel like December yet. I’m starting to see another nice surge of buyer activity. I’ve been busy e-mailing out property information, and trying to schedule some showings around everybody’s holiday schedule. I heard from a few different people that there was an 8 pointer on the ‘deer cam’ this morning. If you ever see anything interesing on there, you can ‘right click’ your mouse on the image, and save it as a picture. I’d love to have you e-mail me any interesting things you see, as I don’t get to watch it too much during the day. Have a good weekend, Christmas is almost here!

December 15th, 2011. I didn’t have to work today, and it felt great. I spent the day working on odds and ends that I’ve wanted to do around the new house. It seems like there is an endless amount of projects/modifications I’d like to do. We really got some nasty weather up here today, so I hope that everybody up here is driving carefully. Take it slow!

December 14th, 2011. Are you going to have a white Christmas? I’m sure we will. I spent most of the day in the office. It feels good to be 99% caught up with all of the loose ends. I’m really not much of an office guy. I prefer to be out in the woods or out showing houses any day of the week. I hope you have a good Thursday!

December 13th, 2011. Our snow is going fast. We are supposed to get rain tomorrow, so that won’t help matters. I spent most of the morning taking apart our Sauna stove. It quit working, so I’m trying to figure out what went wrong. I think I’m on the right track, it looks like I’ll have to order a new part from FinnLeo. I spent the afternoon taking down some hunting stands for the year. I’m going to keep a couple of stands up for December bowhunting, but my hunting is definitely winding down for the year. Time to put Landon to bed. Talk to you tomorrow.

December 12th, 2011. We’re losing snow! Oh well, I’m sure we’ll have no shortage before long. I just listed this 80 acre parcel that I have near Mass City. This is a great hunting property at a great price, with easy seller financing available. Tonight we had some friends over, and had a nice time. Their little girl is about 10 months old, and so cute. Landon gave her a smooch. Time to get ready for another day, take care!

December 11th, 2011. How was your weekend? Saturday night we went to a Christmas party with Melissa’s co-workers, and had a really good time. Lots of good snacks! Sunday we put up some Christmas lights outside the house, and they look really nice! I also got my snowmobile out and ran it a bit. I just need to pick up a trail permit and I’m good to go for the season. Christmas is getting closer!

December 9th, 2011. Brrrr! With wind chills, the temps were below zero in most places up here today. However, it is supposed to warm back up a bit over the weekend. I decided to brave the weather and go hunt one of my spots one last time for the year. It is amazing how phones, camcorders and other gadgets quickly begin to fail in those kind of temperatures. Anyhow, enjoy your weekend!

December 8th, 2011. It was really cold today, and it is supposed to be colder tomorrow! I spent a full day in the office and I swear I got a week’s worth of paperwork done. It feels great to be totally caught up. Now I need to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I don’t get caught up in all the Black Friday chaos. I’m also looking forward to getting the snowmobile fired up for the season. Winter is a great time of year!

December 7th, 2011. I basically spent the entire day in the woods, and it sure was cold! Now that I’m home and warming up, I’m starting to feel pretty sleepy. The house is looking cozy thanks to Melissa’s Christmas decorations. Back to the grind tomorrow. I hope that you are having a great week!

December 6th, 2011. This morning I got the deal together on the 35 acre parcel off of Donken-Tapiola Road. Congrats to the sellers and buyers. It is always nice to put some deals together before the end of the year. This afternoon I was able to go out hunting, and it sure was cold, but I had a great time. Stay warm!

December 5th, 2011. The week is off to a great start. First thing this morning I had a meeting with Torch Lake Township to discuss some property that they would like me to sell for them. I’m honored that the township is considering me to represent them. Everything is moving along smoothly for the Ewen 240 acre sale. I also have a new deal going on 35 acres in Portage Township. We’ve been negotiating back and forth tonight, but it looks like it will be all wrapped up by morning. Tonight we had our brother-in-law over for dinner and to watch some football. The weather is cold and I love it! Take care!

December 4th, 2011. I put a nice deal together this weekend. On Saturday, I had my showing on the 240 acre parcel near Ewen. We spent about 4 hours hiking all over that property, and everything went great. After that, we had a late lunch in Bruce Crossing, and wrote up a purchase agreement. The seller already accepted it, so we are off and running. Sunday we got our Christmas Trees up, along with other decoration. In the afternoon I went out for my first muzzleloader hunt of the season. And…our snow is back! We have close to 8 inches in our yard.

December 2nd, 2011. Just another day at the office. I printed off aerial photos and maps for a showing on this 240 acre parcel near Ewen tomorrow. What a smoking deal! I finally updated the ‘hunting journal’ with a new video, so check that out if you are interested in watching it. Time to get some sleep, I have lots of property to hike tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

December 1st, 2011. Bring on December! This morning I drove up to Copper Harbor to put up and take down real estate signs in the area. In the afternoon I had a closing back in Houghton, so congrats to Susan on selling off the rest of her property. Happy clients are what it is all about. Have a great Friday!

November 30th, 2011. The end of November is here! The snowfall has finally came back as well, as it started coming down heavy tonight. After spending the morning in the office, I went out to the woods for the last evening of rifle season, and had a great night in the wilderness. Also, the roaming cougar has made the news again. It is currently north of Hancock. Here is a link to a pic, and the story. This radio collared cougar was photographed near Ontonagon, as well as northern Houghton County. This means that this large cat must have swam the Portage Canal. Crazy!

November 29th, 2011. It sure doesn’t feel like late November with no snow! I spent most of the day in the office. We’re all set for a closing on Thursday. Tonight Melissa, Landon, and I ate at Applebee’s so we could use up a gift certificate we received. Tomorrow is the last day of rifle season in Michigan, so I’ll likely get out in the woods in the afternoon. Take care!

November 28th, 2011. 3G is here! AT&T finally updated the cell phone towers to allow 3G speeds. It makes the internet capabilities on our phone so much faster. Today I started on some closing statements for a sale commencing on Thursday. After that I got tons of errands done today. It felt great to finally get so much done around the house and property. December is almost here!

November 27th, 2011. Did you eat too much turkey? I hope that everybody had a great Thanksgiving. We had a really good dinner up in Fulton at Melissa’s Uncle’s house. Other than a showing in Mass City on Sunday morning, it was a pretty ‘work free’ weekend. We’ve pretty much lost all of our snow. Hopefully it will start to snow again soon. Tonight on the way home I almost hit a buck with my truck. I was coming up Quincy Hill, and he darted across the road heading towards the ‘scenic lookout’. I was surprised to see a deer in the city limits like that. Back to work!

November 23rd, 2011. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that everybody has a great day. We’ll be heading up to Melissa’s Uncle’s house in the afternoon. I was kind of stranded today, since my truck was still in the shop. I ended up using our woodstove for the first time today, and it works great! It turns out that the woodstove that came with our house is a very nice Vermont Castings Catalytic Woodstove. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on Landon around it, but he has done a great job of staying away from it. Also…Go Lions! It will be so great if we beat the Packers, but Green Bay sure looks impressive this year.

November 22nd, 2011. Here is a new 10 acre listing near Mass City. I’ve listed two other 10 acre parcels next to it and sold them already. Nice property + nice price = sold! Today I paid a sizable repair bill for my truck. It seems that countless miles of off roading with your truck on rough two tracks for work does a lot of damage on your front end parts. Hopefully I’ll be good to go for awhile now. Right now I’m working on a deal to sell some property in Ewen, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll be making money rather than spending money. Have a great day!

November 21st, 2011. I spent a full day at the office and got a lot done. I’ve got some new listings hitting the market, and also extended a few that haven’t sold yet. We are still getting some e-mails from potential buyers, but in general, things start to slow down a little bit around the holidays. I’m still looking forward to putting together several more deals before the year ends. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

November 20th, 2011. It was another snowy weekend here in the Keweenaw. I didn’t have any appointments, so I was able to get out in the woods and hunt most of the weekend. Now I’m ready to get back to work tomorrow. I hope that you all had a great weekend!

November 18th, 2011. So here is the house that I listed in Sylvan Estates. That is a lot of house for the money! This is a great opportunity for somebody. I can’t wait for my first showing. Other than that, I’m ready for the weekend. I know that deer camps across the U.P. will be busy this weekend. Hopefully I’ll have time to get out and hunt a bit. Take care!

November 17th, 2011. Snow, snow, and more snow! It really feels like we fast forwarded into winter. Some areas have 8 inches on the ground already. Today I put a great house on the market in Sylvan Estates. So far in my career, I’ve listed three houses in the neighborhood, and sold all three. I can’t wait to sell this one. I’ll post the details tomorrow. We had some friends over tonight, and had a lot of fun. Our new house is great for entertaining, and I really enjoy it when we have company. I have some work to do in the morning, and then hopefully I’ll be able to hit the woods in the afternoon. Stay warm!

November 16th, 2011. I spent many hours in the cold woods the last two days, and it feels good to be back home. Yesterday we closed on 30+ acres on DesRochers Road in Baraga County, so congrats to my seller on that sale. Today we got a deal together for the remaining acreage to the north, so that is great news as well. This morning I had a good showing on 80 acres in Ontonagon County, I’m confident that we’ll work something out. Also, check out the new price on a great lot on Lake Medora near Copper Harbor. There are some great buys on that lake right now. Snowfall has moved back into the area, and the roads were very slippery tonight. I need to get Melissa’s snow tires put on tomorrow. I’m ready to get to work tomorrow. Take care!

November 14th, 2011. The woods will be full of hunters across Michigan tomorrow for the firearm deer season opener. Up here, it supposed to be slightly windy and rainy, so we’ll see how the deer move. As I’m typing this, deer camps across the U.P., are full of food, drinks, laughter, and cards. I’m also sure a few people are finding a way to tune into the Packers game on Monday Night Football. Everybody be safe out there.

November 13th, 2011. We had a mild weekend, and lost most of our snow. I’m already looking forward to getting it back. We had a pretty laid back weekend around the house, which was really nice. I got to spend a lot of time with Melissa and Landon. I’m finally starting to feel a little better after my bout with bronchitis. This will be a busy weekend in the Western U.P., as the firearm deer season opens on Tuesday. That is similar to a major holiday here in the north country. I hope that those who go out have a good time in the woods, a great time at the camp, and be safe!

November 11th, 2011. Is it the weekend already? In honor of Veteran’s Day, a heartfelt thank you to all Veterans past and present. This morning I got caught up in the office a bit. We’re still negotiating back and forth on a piece of land in Baraga Township. Tonight I went hunting for awhile, and it was an enjoyable evening in the big woods. Now I’m playing with Landon before he is off to bed. Enjoy your weekend!

November 10th, 2011. I have a feeling that this month is going to go by quickly. It was interesting to wake up this morning and feel like it is winter all of the sudden. We had plenty of snowfall, although it was kind of slushy. I’ve been getting lots of feedback regarding my video footage of the wolf pack that I saw last night. If you didn’t watch it, you can see the video here. Enjoy the snow, hopefully it lasts!

November 9th, 2011. This morning I drove down to L’anse to put out some ‘for sale’ flyers for this great camp with 110 acres. This afternoon we received our first snowfall of the season! It started off nice and fluffy, but later in the evening it turned kind of wet and slushy. I also updated the hunting journal, so check that out if you like. I have some video footage of wolves on there that I saw tonight. Take care!

November 8th, 2011. Today I got lots and lots of errands done. They are calling for quite a bit of snow overnight, and I sure hope we get it! I went bowhunting this afternoon, and now I’m anxious to see how much of the white stuff we actually get overnight. Also, it always seems like there are so many cars in the ditch and/or accidents on the first big snow of the year! Slow down! Remember that winter driving is very different. You must drive slow, and give yourself plenty of distance between yourself and the next car. Snow tires are also a big help if you can buy some. Be safe!

November 7th, 2011. I’m still not feeling great, but I did get quite a bit done at the office. Tonight we closed on a building site near Traprock Valley, so congrats to Jason and Jessica on their new land. Also, be sure to check out ‘the hunting journal’, as I posted a new video, and it is a good one. Take care!

November 6th, 2011. I’m so happy that November is here. Unfortunately I ended up with pretty bad Bronchitis, and had to get some antibiotics. I’m starting to come around a bit, but I’m still coughing a lot. I’ve got quite a bit to do tomorrow, and also have a closing at 5:00 pm. I also finally got around to making a new hunting video, which should be posted on the hunting journal by noon on Monday. Have a great day!

November 4th, 2011. Sorry that I missed a journal entry yesterday. I actually ended up feeling very under the weather. I have some sort of nasty cold. This morning I went to a closing on a house with 40 acres near Tapiola, so congrats to everybody involved with that transaction. I did end up getting the listing for the nice house in Hancock, so I e-mailed out the listing agreement today. Other than that, I mostly just got some rest and drank lots of water. I sure hope to feel better soon. Have a great weekend!

November 2nd, 2011. Back to work today. Got a lot done. We closed on a 5 acre parcel near Skanee, so congrats to Brian and Cassi on adding on to their previous purchase. I got all the papework ready for another closing coming up on Friday. Tonight I talked with some sellers who own a great house and Hancock that they are considering listing with me. I really like the house and look forward to the opportunity to sell it. Time to get ready for tomorrow. Have a great day!

November 1st, 2011. November is here! I had a nice birthday yesterday. We took Landon ‘trick or treating’ to a few of Melissa’s relatives. Today my cousin and I went hunting one last time, and now he is heading back home in the morning. I’m ready to get back into the swing of things at work after a fun weekend.

October 30th, 2011. Did you have a good weekend? My cousin Marcus came up this weekend, and we stayed out to the cabin and did some hunting. The deer hunting was a little interesting this weekend as we had lots of wolf problems. We finally got back home after a long weekend, and enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions beat the Denver Broncos. I didn’t even realize until tonight that Monday is my birthday. The birthdays start to get less exciting when you get old like me. Oh well. Back to work tomorrow. November is almost here!

October 28th, 2011. Today I got myself caught up with work. We recently reduced the price of this 40 acre parcel near Lake Linden, and we’ve already gotten a couple of inquiries as a result of the new price. Tonight we took Landon ‘trick or treating’ at the local business establishments on Shelden Ave. (including State Wide Real Estate!). He was very well behaved, and seemed interested in seeing all of the crazy looking kids. After that we stopped and visited one of our friends at her new house, and had a good time. Landon was very happy to go to bed when we got home. Have yourself a great weekend!

October 27th, 2011. I took a day off! It felt great. I spent most of the day at the cabin. They were calling for freezing rain all day…and it never rained a drop. I spent a cold night in the treestand, and then headed back home to Melissa and Landon. Back to work tomorrow. Hope you are having a great week!

October 26th, 2011. Today we got the deal together for 33 acres on DesRochers Road, so congrats to my seller on that one. I also got a deal together on five acres near Skanee, so congrats to Brian and Cassi on that as well. After work I went out in the woods and saw a lot of deer, and had a great time. Have a nice day!

October 25th, 2011. It was nice and chilly today, just the way I like it. I got the wheels turning on a few upcoming closings. After work, I went down towards Tapiola to do a little hunting. It was a cold night in the stand, but I always love to spend a few hours in the woods. Can you believe we are nearing the end of October? It won’t be long and I’ll be trick or treating with Landon!

October 24th, 2011. The week is off to a good start. Today Melissa and I went down to Ontonagon County for a court hearing to reclaim a piece of land that I sold on a land contract a few years ago. The buyer stopped making payments about a year ago, so now we got it back. Tonight I received an offer on some acreage that I recently listed in Baraga Township, and it sounds like it will be accepted. Also, I updated the hunting journal with a new video, so check that out if you want. I posted a new poll question several days ago, and I can’t remember if I mentioned it. Feel free to vote on it if you haven’t yet. Have a great day!

October 23rd, 2011. Friday night we had a bunch of people for a ‘housewarming party part 2′. This time it was mostly Melissa’s co-workers and friends. We had a nice turnout, and lots of good snacks. Saturday I had some showings down towards Mass City, and then I hunted and stayed out at the cabin. I did put together a video which should be updated on ‘the hunting journal’ soon. Time to get ready for another week. I hope that you had a good weekend!

October 20th, 2011. Are you ready for Friday? I spent most of the day in the office networking my property listings onto more and more websites. Tonight I had a showing up in Copper City. After that, we worked on getting the house ready to have some people over tomorrow night. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Hopefully this weekend I’ll finally get back out hunting and bring back some good footage for the hunting journal. Have a great day!

October 19th, 2011. Kind of a long day. I got one of the offers accepted on my new listing on Cliff Drive, but it was a multiple offer scenario. No matter how you explain the process, and no matter how clear the contracts are, you always end up with a disappointed party when there are multiple offers. I often end up having to absorb the frustration, but that is part of my job I suppose. All I can do is know that I do the best I can and do things right. Other than that, there were quite a few calls from prospective buyers today on other properties. I really am seeing a nice wave of activity as Autumn moves on. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Enjoy October while it is still here!

October 18th, 2011. This morning I wrote a second offer on one of my new listings. We now have a multiple offer scenario, which actually happens more often than you might think. After that I hurried down to Ewen to show a couple of larger parcels, 240 and 297 acres to be exact. It was kind of rainy and cold, but the buyers were very interested and we covered lots of ground. It really was a fun showing. Here is a fantastic new listing near Twin Lakes. I’ve truly never quite seen anything like this property. I also recently reduced the price on this ‘camp’ near Mass City. It was a long but productive day. I hope you have a good day as well!

October 17th, 2011. Today I made the 100 mile round trip drive to a property south of Mass City for a showing. The only problem is, I got stood up. Unfortunately, this happens all too often in my job. You’d think that people would have the consideration to call you and let you know that they are not coming up, but you’d be surprised how many times they don’t. Frustrating. When I got back to the office I listed a property near Twin Lakes that I can’t wait to feature on here tomorrow. The winds are finally dying down, and I can’t wait to get back out hunting soon. Have a great day!

October 16th, 2011. The windy conditions lasted throughout the weekend. After meeting with a seller to go over an offer on Saturday morning, it ended up being a good weekend to get things done around the house. By the way, I recently reduced the price on this nice 40 acre parcel in Portage Township. That one is close to Houghton, and a good buy. Anyhow, I know that us Lions fans are not happy, but you Packer fans are smiling. Right now I’m watching to see what happens with the Vikings/Bears. October is already more than half over!

October 14th, 2011. The rain is falling and the winds are howling up here in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Here is a really good deal on a nice piece of land overlooking Keweenaw Bay. This one probably won’t last long. Right now I’m working on a getting a deal together for one of my newer listings in Keweenaw County. I have to run into the office in the morning to meet with the seller to go offer the offer. I just heard that Michigan Tech hockey beat Wisconsin tonight, so go Huskies! Have a great weekend.

October 13th, 2011. This morning started off with a closing, which is always a good day. After that I met with a landowner and got a listing agreement signed for a parcel of land overlooking Keweenaw Bay. Here is a beautiful newly listed parcel of land in a great location just outside of Hancock. I’ve been working hard with my sellers this year keeping prices very affordable, which has been one of the keys to another great year in a challenging market. Also, I finally updated ‘the hunting journal’ with a video of my recent successful hunt. I’m lucky to have taken a nice deer already with these unseasonably warm temperatures. Now we are due for some rain and extreme winds over the next couple of days. Enjoy your Friday!

October 12th, 2011. You may have the noticed that the webcam was froze up for a couple of days, but I fixed it this morning. I covered quite a few miles today taking down signs, putting up signs, and taking pictures of new listings. This afternoon I e-mailed out another purchase agreement, and also scheduled some upcoming showings. I’m really seeing a nice surge of buyers this week. The only bad news of the day was watching my Tigers lose. Oh well, it isn’t over yet. Have a great day!

October 11th, 2011. This sure is a nice time of year. Today I entered in a new listing at the office, and I also ended up sending out a purchase agreement for one of my vacant land listings. Time to watch the Detroit Tigers now and see if they can salvage this playoff series. I also need to start working on a ‘hunting journal’ video. I hope you are all having a great week!

October 10th, 2011. The Detroit Lions are 5-0? This is surreal for a lifelong Lions fan. I had a pretty busy weekend. I had showings on Saturday and Sunday, from Mass City to Elo. Today I ended up writing an offer with buyers on my new listing on Cemetary Road, and it is already accepted. Time on the market, 3 days. Love it. I also have some exciting action for ‘the hunting journal’, as soon as I get a few minutes to put it together. Now it is late and I need to get to bed. The week is off to a great start!

October 7th, 2011. It was so exciting to watch the Tigers beat the Yankees last night! Good stuff. I got lots of work and errands done today. I’m all set for showings on Saturday and Sunday. By the way, we just did a big price reduction on this lot on Lake Medora. I never thought I’d see these kind of prices on that lake. I’m sure many of you are enjoying these unseasonably warm temperatures. Personally I’m ready for the colder temperatures so I can enjoy some bowhunting. Anyhow, get out and enjoy the weekend!

October 6th, 2011. This morning I went down towards Twin Lakes and listed one of the most ‘postcard’ beautiful properties I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to show you the details. It was a beautiful day to walk the woods, with unseasonably warm temperatures in the mid 70′s. I had an uneventful warm night in the treestand tonight, and now I’m anxiously watching my Detroit Tigers battle it out against the New York Yankees. Come on Tigers!

October 5th, 2011. This morning I drove down to Askel, near Pelkie, to take pics and put up signs on a house listing with 40 acres. On the way back, I failed to come to a complete stop at a corner, and I caught the attention of a Houghton County Deputy Sheriff. He was very nice and let me off with a warning. I won’t forget to stop next time. This afternoon I worked on a closing folder, and entered some new listings. I also got another QFA management plan job. Tonight we had some friends over for dinner and ping pong. Time to get ready for another day. Take care!

October 4th, 2011. This morning I drove down to Covington to show this log home with acreage. The showing went well, it was a beautiful day to walk the woods with buyers. Also, here is a new listing up near Centennial Heights. Easy seller financing terms on these three nicely wooded lots. Tonight I had my first official scoring session as a Commemorative Bucks of Michigan scorer. The buck’s antlers scored around 121″, falling just short of making the record books. It was still fun to see a beautiful deer and hear the story. Time for a busy day of real estate tomorrow. Have a nice day!

October 3rd, 2011. It was a beautiful day. In the morning I drove up to Cliff Drive in Allouez Township to take pics of a new vacant land listing. It was a beautiful property, so I took some extra time walking around and enjoying the woods. In the afternoon I went back to the office and entered in the listing, as well as another listing near Centennial Heights. Other than that, right now I’m watching the Detroit Tigers fighting hard against the New York Yankees in the playoffs. Go Tigers!

October 2nd, 2011. Ahh, October! It was a great day for Michigan sports, as the Tigers and Lions both won. This weekend I stayed out at the cabin, and spent lots of time in a treestand. Be sure to check out the hunting journal if you’d like to watch the first video of the year. I got lots of deer on film, as well as a coyote. Now I’m pretty tired from all that fresh air this weekend. Time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. I hope that your October is off to a great start!

September 30th, 2011. It is finally time for my favorite month! I’ve got all of my hunting gear organized, and I’m ready to hit the woods this weekend. There is nothing like spending time in the Autumn woods of the Keweenaw. Hopefully I’ll have some good video footage to share on the Hunting Journal soon!

September 29th, 2011. I’m so excited for October! Today I spent a long day in the office finishing up four more forest management plans, and I’m all caught up for the year on those. It feels great to be finished. Tomorrow morning I’m going to look at a house that I may be listing soon. After that I have a closing in the afternoon, and then I’m going to wrap up preparations for opening weekend of archery season. I wait all year for this time of year. I think the weather is supposed to be decent as well, so I can’t wait. Have a great Friday!

September 28th, 2011. Today was spent in the office getting caught up. I have a handful of new listings coming soon. I’m getting a nice amount of buyer inquiries as of late. We sure are enjoying the new house. It is really nice sitting down to dinner and watching deer all over the backyard while we eat. Tonight we saw five does and fawns, and two bucks. Landon actually spotted the deer tonight before we did. He started yelling “dee!”, and when we looked outside, sure enough, one was coming. He is growing up fast. Have a good Thursday!

September 27th, 2011. It is hard to believe that September is winding down. I’ve already gotten a few e-mails from people letting me know that they are looking forward to watching the videos on the hunting journal this fall. I’m just excited to make them for you. I have over a half dozen stands set this fall, and they are looking great. Today I worked on forest management plans all day. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. They must be in the mail to the DNR by October 1st. Two more plans to go and I’m done. Have a great day!

September 26th, 2011. This time of year is so beautiful. The fall colors are really getting nice. According to the weather, today was supposed to be the only dry day for awhile, so I spent the entire day working in the woods. Now I need to wrap up my forest management plans as the deadline is approaching at the end of this week. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

September 25th, 2011. It has been a busy and fun weekend. My cousin Marcus and his friend Melissa arrived up here on Friday to stay with us. Friday night we had a handful of people out to the house, and a great time was had by all. Saturday we took a fall color tour up around Copper Harbor. Sunday we worked on hunting spots all day. It was finally sunny, and a great day to be in the Autumn Woods. When we finally got home, we watched the Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings game that we recorded. What a game! It sure is great to see the Lions start the season 3-0. I hope that you had a great weekend!

September 22nd, 2011. Today was a cold, long, rainy day. Today was my designated day to collect field data for several forest management plans, and of course, it poured all day. I drove down to Bootjack, Rabbit Bay, Bumbletown, and even Misery Bay, and collected all the data needed. Tomorrow morning I’ll start wrapping up the plans. We are looking forward to a pretty busy weekend. We’re having a small party at our house tomorrow night, and we also have more company coming up this weekend as well. I’m looking forward to it. Have a great Friday!

September 21st, 2011. It is definitely starting to get dark earlier as we approach October. Today was pretty wet and rainy, and I think that tomorrow will mostly be the same. I still have to go walk some properties tomorrow to collect data for forest management plans no matter what. Time is not on my side as October approaches. I spent the day in the office, and then after work listed a house on 40 acres down near Askel tonight. I bet most of you have never heard of Askel! It is near Tapiola. I’ll have to go back another day for my outside pictures, as dark/rainy pictures never look very appealing as listing photos. Time to answer some e-mails and then get to bed. Also, I need pictures for ‘pic of the day’! E-mail me a neat photo to josh@statewideofhoughton.com. Thanks!

September 20th, 2011. This morning we got the offer accepted on this waterfront home in Lake Linden, so congrats to the sellers! This afternoon Melissa and I drove down to Ontonagon for a court hearing to reclaim an 80 parcel that we sold on a land contract some years back. The seller hasn’t made payments in about a year, so we are taking it back. There is still another hoop to jump through, so we have the final hearing on October 3rd. Tonight I got quite a few random updates around the house done, including installing carbon monoxide detectors, which is always a good idea. I’m ready for a full day of work tomorrow. Take care!

September 19th, 2011. My relatives left for lower Michigan late this morning. It was a short but enjoyable visit. I quickly got back to work, and received an offer on a house in Lake Linden today, which sounds like will be accepted. I’m still working on some other deals as well. I also entered in a new 10 acre listing today near Otter Lake. It is hard to believe that archery deer season will be here on October 1st. This year is the least prepared I’ve been in awhile. I’ve just been too busy with the new house, forestry plans, and real estate. However, I sure am looking forward to getting out in the woods this fall. Our colors are just starting to change, so plan your tours accordingly.

September 18th, 2011. We’ve had a fun weekend up here. Friday I had a closing on a waterfront lot on Portage Lake, so congrats to the buyers on getting a great deal. Friday night we went to a BBQ and had a nice time. Saturday around noon my cousins arrived with their children along with my grandparents. We spent some time checking out the cabin/property. We spent the rest of the weekend mostly hanging out here at the house, with the exception of a trip up to Copper Harbor and Brockway Mountain Drive. They will be heading back downstate on Monday morning, and I’ll be heading back to work. We’re already making some fun memories in this new house, and it is definitely starting to feel like home.

September 15th, 2011. How is your day going? Aside from a little office work today, I took some time to get the house ready for our guests this weekend. We also had some friends over for dinner tonight. Our ping pong table arrived today, so it was fun to break that out tonight. Everybody had a great time, this is a nice house for entertaining. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. I’m looking forward to a good closing tomorrow. Take care!

September 14th, 2011. September is almost half over? This morning I worked with a local farmer putting in three food plots on different properties. It rained off and on, and we even got hailed on at one point. You’ll notice on the ‘deer cam’ that the food plot is all planted and ready. It will probably green up in a couple of weeks. I’ll also get the feeder back out soon. I hadn’t put corn in it all summer, which is why we don’t see many deer in the summer. The problem is, if I put corn in it during the summer, the bears would destroy it. Anyhow, once I got back to the office, I submitted a couple of offers on one of my waterfront listings in Keweenaw county. I also had some buyers come in at 6:00 pm to write an offer on a waterfront parcel in Stanton Township. I’m seeing a nice surge of activity as we enter Autumn. My favorite time of year!

September 13th, 2011. I’m listening to the rain coming down again tonight. This morning I finished up a Forest Management Plan, and then also made some good progress towards putting a couple of deals together. My food plot project got put off due to a bad bearing on a tractor, so watch for it again on the webcam between 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Right now I’m watching some classic episodes of ‘Dallas’ on DVD. Yes, you read that right. Good ol’ J.R. Ewing cracks me up. After that I’m off to bed. Have a great day!

September 12th, 2011. It is shaping up to be a busy/interesting week. This morning I sent out some timber payments, as well as a couple of bid forms for upcoming timber sales. In the afternoon I had a showing on a house in Lake Linden, but the house needed too much work for these buyers. Tonight I worked late on some QFA plans. Tomorrow in the late morning I’m scheduled to put in the ‘food plots’ out at some of my properties. If you watch the webcam tomorrow, you’ll likely see the tractor in action. We’re getting it in a little late this year, but it should still be alright. Have a great day!

September 11th, 2011. I’m sure that everybody took a moment today to remember 9/11, it is hard to believe that is has been 10 years already, I remember it like it was yesterday. Saturday I drove up towards Lac La Belle for a waterfront showing, and then checked out some new potential listings on the way home. Other than that, we made lots of progress on the new house this weekend. It is starting to feel more ‘settled in’ everyday. We’re looking forward to hosting my grandparents and cousins this coming weekend. It will be great to have them all up here. Now I just have lots of work to accomplish before they arrive. Also….the Packers and Lions won, so lots of happy people in MI and WI. Let’s all have a great week!

September 9th, 2011. Today was a good day. I officially got the deal accepted on my 80 acre parcel in Ontonagon County, so congrats to Art on that. This morning I had a buyer come in and write an offer on a house in Chassell, and we already got the offer accepted, so that was good news. I also had a deal that recently went cold, but now it looks like the buyers are ready to move forward again. I got a little bit of unpacking done tonight, so it always feels good to make progress. It is also really fun watching deer and sandhill cranes out the window everynight. Tonight Landon was excited and saying his version of the word ‘deer’, which really isn’t too bad. Now I’m getting some paperwork ready for a Keweenaw County showing in the morning. I hope that you all have a great weekend!

September 8th, 2011. I feel like this month is going to go by fast, and I have way too much to do! We closed on the Montezuma house today, so congrats to everyone involved in that sale. I sent out a purchase agreement this morning on an 80 acre parcel that I own in Ontonagon County, so that was good news. Also, we reduced the price on this beautiful acreage just outside of Houghton, whoever scoops this parcel up is going to be pleased. I stopped by one of my properties this afternoon to check one of the ‘trail cameras’. I got pictures of several deer, and also a sow bear with three cubs, so that was neat to see. On the way home tonight I stopped to meet with a group of neighboring landowners to a piece of land that I will be selling soon. We are going to offer the neighbors first opportunity at the land before it hits the open market. Anyhow, there is three minutes left in this football game, and I’m going to try to enjoy at least that much of it. Take Care!

September 7th, 2011. I got lots of work done at the office today. It feels good to be getting caught back up. I’m all set for a closing on my Montezuma Ave listing tomorrow, so that will be great to have that sold. It also sounds like I’ll be writing an offer on a house with a buyer Friday morning, so that was good to hear. Other than that, we still have a lot of unpacking to do. This place is feeling like home very quickly, and Landon absolutely loves the room to run. What a great home for a kid to grow up in. Have a nice day!

September 6th, 2011. We are back in action! We are officially moved into our new house, and couldn’t be happier! We have so much space now, it is so nice. We still have lots of unpacking to do, but things are going great. I finally got my internet hooked up late this afternoon. Pretty much all we’ve done is move the last four days, so we kept plenty busy with that. Now I need to get caught up with work, which is piling up quickly. Tomorrow will be an office day for sure. Anyhow, we are happy to be moved in, and I’m happy to be back online. I hope that you had a great holiday weekend!

September 1st, 2011. Hooray for September! However, it didn’t feel very “autumn-like”. It was very warm today. All we did today was pack, move, pack, and move some more. It was a long day, but we’re getting a lot done. I hope that your September is off to a great start!

August 31st, 2011. Is September really here? What a great month we have ahead of us. I worked in the office as long as I had to today, and then got back to working on moving. We still have a long ways to go, but we’ll really have time to buckle down this weekend, and we have lots of help. It is kind of weird thinking that Landon will never remember the house that he lived the first 1.5 years of his life in, but that is the way it goes. This will be an exciting new chapter in our lives.

August 30th, 2011. It was a long day and a late night. I spent the majority of the day in the office preparing several closing statements for upcoming closings. Tonight I took a logging company on a tour of a 40 acre timber sale near Lake Linden, and a 400 acre timber sale near Gay, as they will be one of the bidders on the sale. After that I had a late showing on this cottage in Grant Township, and it went pretty well, we’ll see what happens. Anyhow, I didn’t get back home until 9:00 pm, so it is time to answer e-mails and then get ready for bed. Time for the last day of August!

August 29th, 2011. This week will be a balancing act of working and moving. I spent the first half of the day working in the office, and the second half moving. I’m going to have to make the transition to ‘Satellite Internet’ out at the new house, which will be much slower than what I have now. We’ll see how that goes. Anyhow, time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. Take care!

August 28th, 2011. September is almost here! We worked on moving all weekend. We were able to get everything moved from the storage building, basement, attic, and some other closets. We’re still shooting for a September 6th, closing date, but we were offered the garage until then, so we’re taking advantage of that. It was a lot of work this weekend, but we’re making lots of progress. We’ll both sleep good tonight!

August 26th, 2011. I hope that everybody had a great Friday. There are small signs of Autumn up here as I look around. Apples are starting to red on the apple trees, some of the ferns are starting to turn brown, and even some leaves along the highway are starting to show some orange and red color. We are approaching my absolute favorite time of year. Today we finally got all of our issues resolved in order to move forward on a rental home sale I’ve been working on in Houghton, so I’ll be glad to wrap that up. Melissa had a sore throat today, so hopefully she’ll feel a little better in the morning. Enjoy the LAST weekend in August!

August 25th, 2011. Another day closer to starting our move! I spent the morning in the office working on closing statements. I also dropped the price on this cabin near Mass City. I finally had a free afternoon, so I was able to get out to one of my new hunting properties to get some work done. I got a new stand all trimmed out and set for October. It is a lot of dirty, sweaty work, but it will be worth it when I’m 25 feet up a tree in the beautiful fall weather come October. I checked my trail camera, and I’m still seeing bears, wolves, and deer pretty regularly. Have a great Friday!

August 24th, 2011. It was a cool, rainy day in the Keweenaw. I finally feel basically caught up at the office. I even cleaned and organized my desk. I started working on closing statements today for several upcoming closings. I entered in this new listing on Gay Lake Lake Linden road. This property may look familiar. There are several parcels available, and so far I’ve sold three of the lots. This one is number four. Anyhow, right now I’m getting ready to enjoy some blackberry pie that my lovely wife was nice enough to make for me. She is a great gal. Have a good day!

August 23rd, 2011. Just another full day. I met with the surveyors this morning to survey the property I’m buying with my house. I get quite a few e-mails from people looking for land with seller financing, so here is a good one. This very nice 10 acre parcel near Pelkie can be purchased on an easy land contract. Tonight I drove out towards Mud Lake to do some cover typing on four different 40 acre parcels that I’m writing QFA (Qualified Forest Act) plans for. The deadline for this years plans to give a tax benefit for next year is October 1st, so I’ll be busy trying to get them all completed in time. I really slacked for the last year on updating the Forestry Journal, but I finally did update it with a video last night, so check it out. I hope that you are having a great week!

August 22nd, 2011. These cooler temperatures at night have been really great. Today I got the signatures back for a large scale timber harvest project up near Gay, so I’m anxious to get going on that. I’ve also been working out some issues on a deal I have going for a rental house in Houghton. Residential sales can often end up with some unforeseen hurdles along the way. We are still negotiating on the waterfront lot out by Freda, but I’m confident that we’ll get a deal together soon. I finally got the time this afternoon to enter in a few new listings that I’ve been working on. Tonight I was thinking about going out towards Mud Lake to start taking notes on some acreage for a forest management plan, but it was getting closer to dark, and I kind of ran out of steam for the day. I hope to get out there tomorrow afternoon. I can’t wait for this week to be over so we can start moving!

August 21st, 2011. I spent the weekend preparing for some upcoming forestry projects. Saturday I hiked many miles taking measurements and notes on a 800 acre parcel near Gay, and also on a 40 acre parcel near Lake Linden. I spent Sunday working on the management plans, and got them completed. The next step will be to show the properties to reputable logging companies, and take sealed bids on the jobs. Speaking of timber value, here is a very nice 38 acre parcel near Ontonagon that we reduced the price on. This parcel is one of the better deals out there, and does have some legitimate timber value. Time for another busy week. Also, we should be able to start moving some things into our new house later this week!

August 19th, 2011. Today was a very productive day. This morning we got a deal together on a foreclosed home that I have listed in Laurium. In the afternoon I got my signatures back to manage a 400 acre timber harvest in Grant Township. I also reached an agreement to serve as a ‘transaction coordinator’ for a private sale near Lake Linden. Tonight I had a showing on a nice Lake Superior parcel near Freda. The showing went so well that we went back to the office and wrote an offer on the spot. Mental note: showing western facing waterfront lots at sunset time is a great idea. Anyhow, tons of work to do this weekend, talk to you Sunday night.

August 18th, 2011. Another summer week is almost over. This morning we had a closing on an 87 acre parcel overlooking Torch Lake, so congratulations to my sellers on that sale. I managed a timber sale on that property just this winter, and then we had no trouble selling the property for a good price this summer. It just shows how nice things can work out when everything is managed by professionals. Here is an interesting new listing in Baraga. This property has potential for residential, commercial, and is currently a successful rental. Lots of beautiful frontage on Keweenaw Bay. Tonight I wrote up a timber sale contract for a large parcel in Keweenaw county, so that is exciting. The forestry business has been very steady for over a year now. Also, I saw a fawn on the ‘deer cam’ tonight, and I had a friend tell me that they saw a coyote on it this morning. Sometime around the first of September, I’ll be having the food plot worked up and planted to rye again, so expect plenty of deer activity on it shortly after that. I hope that you have a great Friday!

August 17th, 2011. Summer keeps rolling along. I received an offer on one of my Laurium listings today, so that was good news. After meeting with the gas company to prepare one of my homes for an inspection, I spent the rest of the day in the office. I entered in a very interesting new listing that I’ll post the details about tomorrow. Tonight I had some house showings in Bumbletown and New Allouez. They went pretty well. Right now I’m watching Landon run around the house. He seems to get cuter everyday, but I’m sure I’m biased. I’m looking forward to a closing tomorrow morning. Take care!

August 16th, 2011. I’m really starting to look forward to moving in to our new house! We still have a couple more weeks to wait, however. I spent the majority of the day in the office, and still can’t seem to get caught up. Buyer activity has been really good so far this week. I’m getting lots of e-mails and calls. It sure is a good time to be a buyer. There are so many nice properties out there, and some great deals to be had. I got a deal together today on a bank foreclosure near Chassell, so congrats to Al on that one. Anyhow, we are one day closer to the big move!

August 15th, 2011. Off and running with another week. This morning I went to Ontonagon with an excavator to get him started on some site preparation on one of my listings. In some cases, putting in a driveway and clearing a building site can really help sell a property. Many buyers have a hard time visualizing what can be done with a property if they haven’t developed a parcel before. Tonight I had back to back showings at this new listing in Dollar Bay. The house needs lots of updating, but is sitting on one of the nicest Portage Lake lots I’ve ever seen. After dinner tonight I also made a last second showing on a nice little home in Hancock. Real estate demands that you keep a very flexible schedule. I hope that your week is off to a great start!

August 14th, 2011. I hope that everybody had a great weekend. Saturday we were able to spend some time at the house that we are buying. Melissa’s parents were excited to check it out with us, and we also brought some paint samples so we can start coming up with some ideas. I also took a few minutes to walk the property a bit. Sunday I worked on a property line project up in Delaware. The excessive green foliage makes it extra difficult. I typically prefer to do those projects in the winter or spring. On the way home tonight I visited some acreage in Traprock Valley that I may be listing. So here is a nice little house that I recently listed just north of L’anse. I also listed this extremely nice waterfront parcel on Keweenaw Bay. Time to get to work, I have a ton of things that I want to get done before September.

August 12th, 2011. Did you have a good Friday? I spent the day in the office, and entered in a couple of new listings. Tonight we went out to dinner with Melissa’s sister and future husband. We ate at the Bambu Asian Restaurant in Houghton, and it was very good. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great weekend!

August 11th, 2011. This morning I met with another landowner to reach an agreement to write a few different QFA plans. Many people are starting to take advantage of this opportunity to lower their property taxes. We did a drastic price reduction on this beautiful waterfront lot on Vermilac Lake, making this an exceptionally good buy. Later this afternoon I had a showing on this large Portage Township home. Tonight Melissa and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. I make her a three course dinner tonight, and she was thrilled. I don’t cook very often, but it really did turn out great. It also made me realize that I have been typing this journal for over four years now, as I started it before we were married. Time flies.

August 10th, 2011. This morning I drove down to the Misery Bay area to walk an 80 acre parcel that I’m writing a QFA (Qualified Forest Property Tax Exemption) Plan for. From there I needed to get to Elo, so I took the Donken-Tapiola road as a shortcut. Donken-Tapiola road is a narrow woods road that is a pretty fun drive. Just make sure you know where you are going, as it is easy to get turned around. When I arrived in Elo, I took pics and put up signs on a new listing. My arms are kind of feeling it tonight, as digging a 36 inch hole in clay country can be pretty tough. From there I went to Arnheim to visit my timber harvest. A sawlog/veneer buyer was out there grading/scaling the logs. When I finally got back to the office, I ended up writing a purchase agreement on one of my parcels up in Skanee. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get caught up on paperwork in the office, but hopefully I will someday soon. Summertime for me is go, go, go, and that is a good thing. Take Care!

August 9th, 2011. Todays temps were in the 60′s, and it felt great! It made me think of fall, which is my favorite time of year! I’m sure you’ve all noticed another big dip in the stock market. This has convinced me even more that I should continue to invest in land, rather than the market. Our land values here have been far more stable than the stock market. The other thing I like about land is that you actually have a tangible asset that does not go away. If you lose your money in the stock market, what do you have to show for it? At least with property you can experience enjoyment, and create lasting memories, regardless of any minor fluctuations in value. Click here to read a brief article on the advantages of investing in vacant land. If you ever have any questions or need any advice, I’m happy to help. Have a good day!

August 8th, 2011. My 14 hour day went by pretty fast. In the morning I went out to Sherman Township to give some buyers clarification of the property boundaries of some land that they recently purchased. After that I walked an 80 acre parcel of land that I will be selling soon, and possibly doing some forest management on. In the afternoon I had a showing on a foreclosure in Chassell Township. We ended up heading straight back to the office to write an offer. Tonight I took a logger out towards Bootjack to give him a tour on a 40 acre parcel that I’m managing a timber harvest on. On the way back, I picked up a couple of signs from properties that I’ve recently sold. Right before I got home I received a call from somebody thinking about listing their house, so I drove straight there to look at it with them. Busy, busy. Time for bed!

August 7th, 2011. We had a pretty nice weekend. I had some showings get cancelled, so I was able to spend some extra time with the family. Sunday we grilled burgers and hot dogs at the cabin. We had to run inside a couple of times because of scattered rain, but most of the day was sunny. We saw some deer on the way home and Landon was getting very excited. He seems to be getting obsessed with deer. I wonder who he gets that from?

August 5th, 2011. We continue to have a warm summer up here, with temps hovering around the 90′s today. Houghton seems a little busier than usual with the Michigan Tech Alumni Week going on. I had a couple of waterfront showings in the Dollar Bay area today. We may take a second look at one of the two properties. Landon has been a little bit fussy the last couple nights. It seems that all of the rest of his teeth are starting to come in at once, so that has been bothering him a bit. Anyhow, try to get out and enjoy a summer weekend!

August 3rd, 2011. This morning I put a very nice piece of land on the market, details to follow tomorrow. After lunch I drove down south to check on my timber harvest. Things are progressing nicely, and we’ve even gotten into a little birdseye maple, which is quite valuable. After that I toured some property so I can write a management plan for placement into the Qualified Forest Property Tax Exemption Act. We recently dropped the price on this nice cabin with beautiful sandy Lake Superior frontage. This place will sell soon, I have no doubt. Melissa is out golfing tonight for the first time this year. I hope she is having fun as she sure deserves the break. I retired from golfing about 10 years ago. I used to get so frustrated that I finally decided to stick to fishing. Take Care!

August 2nd, 2011. It felt good to get back into the swing of things at work. We are very close to getting a deal together on this rental house in Houghton. I also received another purchase agreement tonight for some vacant land in Torch Lake township. Other than that I spent the day in the office, and I’m getting caught up fast. I’m getting close to having a new design finalized for my website, and I’m very confident that you will like it. I’ve spent lots of thought making sure that the site maintains all of the popular features, but becomes simpler and more user friendly. Have a nice day!

August 1st, 2011. I’m back! Last weekend I was down in southern Michigan. I took a class to bring myself one step closer to becoming an ‘official scorer’ for the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan organization. I also visited the family farm while I was down there. The weather was very hot the entire weekend, especially when we were unloading hay. On Sunday I went to a Detroit Tigers game, which was very exciting as we were sitting in Row 1, right on the grass. It was a great game and a great time. Now it is great to be back home, and it is hard to believe that we are already in the month of August. Lots of work to do this week. Glad to be home!

July 27th, 2011. I hope that everybody is having a great day. Everything is rolling along smoothly with the sale of our house, so that is good. Today I brought the office a pizza from Pizza Works in Houghton. We had the spicy buffalo chicken pizza and it was great! I can’t wait to have it again. I spent the rest of the day doing nothing but paperwork. I’m getting anxious for the upcoming fall so I can start spending some more time in the wilderness where I belong. Tonight I had a showing on this 40 acre parcel near Tapiola. Isn’t it crazy that July is already winding down? Have a nice day!

July 26th, 2011. Today was a beautiful day in the Keweenaw. I had to get a new tire put on my truck this morning at Fine Line Tire in Hancock. They are fantastic tire/repair shop. After that I had a few showings in Houghton and Hancock. I ended up getting an accepted offer on our house today! It was only on the market one day! It just shows that if you have a nice house, and most importantly, if you price it right, it doesn’t take long to find a buyer for it. Later in the day I had another showing in Portage Township. I had kind of late night in the office, trying to keep the paperwork moving along on my deals. Hopefully by the end of tomorrow I’ll have it all caught up. I also have five new listings to put on the market. Anyhow, I will sleep good tonight knowing that our house is under contract. Everything seems to be falling into place for our new home purchase. Have a great day!

July 25th, 2011. The week is off and rolling. Here is a new 40 acre listing between Houghton and Tapiola. That is a great price for that property. Also, here is an affordable clean house in a great neighborhood near Houghton/Hancock. Today I drove down to Baraga County to list a handful of properties. I listed a commercial building, a house, a vacant waterfront parcel, and a log cabin on Keweenaw Bay. It was a busy day down there. Now I’m getting set for a busy day of showings tomorrow. I have a feeling that this week is going to fly by. Speaking of going fast, now that Landon has ‘mastered’ walking, he seems to want to run everywhere. That didn’t take long. I sure look forward to seeing his smiling face when I come home each night. Take care!

July 24th, 2011. Busy weekend. I think that everybody up here enjoyed the cooler temperatures. By the way, I forgot to mention that on Friday we closed on a house in Copper City, and two lots on Rice Lake, so congratulations to everybody involved in those transactions. Most of the weekend was spent finishing up preparations to put our house on the market. This has been a good experience for me getting to appreciate what my clients go through during the selling process. Tomorrow I’m going down to the L’anse area to list a home, some vacant waterfront, and a commercial business. Lastly, we recently reduced the price on this beautiful home overlooking Torch Lake. It sure a nice place. Have a great week!

July 22nd, 2011. Friday was full of action. I checked on my timber harvest this morning, and things are looking great. I entered in a new listing near Tapiola, and the price is fantastic. I’ll share the details on Monday. We got the offer accepted on this waterfront parcel near Copper Harbor, so congrats to the buyers and sellers! I also received an offer today on this rental house in the City of Houghton. So here is a short video of my recent fishing trip in Keweenaw County. Check it out and enjoy!

July 20th, 2011. Summer just keeps rolling along. Things are progressing on the purchase of our house, so that is very exciting. After lunch today I listed a 3.5 acre parcel in Stanton Township that is priced very reasonably. I spent the rest of the day at the office doing paperwork. I have a lot of deals in the works, which is always a good thing. I know that many parts of the country experience much hotter weather than the copper country, but I think we’re all still looking forward to the cooler weather this weekend. Tomorrow morning I’m going to look at a potential timber sale, and then I’m going to keep working on getting our house ready for sale. Have a good day!

July 19th, 2011. Just another busy day. I spent time in the office finalizing the closing documents for three closings on Friday. We got a lot of work done on our house tonight, cleaning/organizing, getting ready to put it on the market. We still have some work to do, but I expect to have it on the market by next Monday. I don’t have much time, so I will be pricing it to sell quickly. I also got a good lead on some timber management today, so I need to get out and check out some acreage in Torch Lake Township. It is still hot here, I hope that you are staying cool!

July 18th, 2011. Today was a pretty exciting day for Melissa and I. We finally found the right house, and have an accepted offer on it. The next step for us is to start prepping our current house for sale. It will be a weird feeling putting a ‘for sale’ sign out in front of our home. Today I also got an accepted offer on this foreclosed lot on Portage Lake, so that was great news. I hope that everybody had a great Monday!

July 17th, 2011. The temps are very hot up here in the Copper Country. Saturday morning Melissa ran the 5 mile Canal Run, and did a great job. She is already excited to run it again next year. Later on I got the offer accepted on the 10 acre parcel near Mass City, so congratulations to David and Gary on that one. Right before lunch we closed on the 38 acre parcel near Lake Linden, so thank you to everybody involved in that sale. In the afternoon we had a cookout on the water with all of our co-workers. It turned out really nice, and we had lots of great food. The kids did a lot of swimming, and Landon absolutely loves the water. He never wants to stop playing in it. I spent most of Sunday fishing with a friend up in Keweenaw County. We had a great day, and landed lots of fish. The most exciting part is when he slipped and fell out of the boat. It was kind of scary for a second, but ended up being pretty funny. I’ve never had that happen before. At least he got to cool off in the hot weather. Have a great week!

July 15th, 2011. Real estate is pretty busy. I have two offers that I’m currently working on getting accepted. We also got the deal together on the 80+ acres overlooking Torch Lake, so congrats to all involved in that transaction. I spent part of the day out at my timber harvest, and things are going well. I just hope that it stays relatively dry. Landon sure is getting adventurous now that he is doing so much walking. I have to keep an eye on him so he doesn’t try to climb up and stand on boxes, pillows, etc. Melissa is ready for the canal run tomorrow morning. Hopefully they have decent weather for that. Enjoy your weekend!

July 14th, 2011. Today was a long day. I spent the majority of the day showing land near Ewen and Mass City. We ended up writing an offer on the spot for the Mass City property. Tonight I went and helped my friend that was bailing some hay at his farm. We didn’t get done until about 10:00 pm. I’m ready to get some sleep, then off to my timber harvest in the morning. Have a good day!

July 13th, 2011. The temps got down to 48 degrees last night, which made for some nice sleeping weather. Quite a bit of action at the office today. I’m still negotiating a deal on my 86 acre listing near Lake Linden. We’re all set to close Saturday on the 38 acre parcel that I had listed adjacent to that property as well. I had a buyer come in today and write an offer on this Portage Lake lot near Dollar Bay. Hopefully we can get it accepted. Tonight Melissa’s sister and future husband Joe came over and watched Landon for awhile so we could go out for dinner. We had a gift certificate for the Ramada that was expiring soon. We had a nice dinner there, and it was a beautiful night to be sitting on the edge of the Portage Canal. Time to get ready for lots of driving and vacant land showings tomorrow. Have a nice day!

July 12th, 2011. It was a pretty nice day today. I’m getting close to writing an offer on one of my waterfront listings near Dollar Bay. I spent most of the afternoon and early evening marking timber on my current timber harvest near Arnheim. Later tonight I had a showing on a vacant parcel near Lake Linden, but the property probably won’t work for my buyers. If you are into deer hunting, be sure to check out the ‘buck pole’. I’ve recently had a couple of hunting ‘celebrities’ e-mail me pics for the buck pole, so that was pretty cool. Anyhow, I’m just going to watch the MLB All-Star game before bed. Take Care!

July 11th, 2011. Monday is off to a busy start. I spent the morning preparing paperwork for upcoming closings. In the afternoon, I had house showings in Hubbell and Hancock. As far as the offer that I received this weekend, we have counter-offered, so we’ll see what happens from there. Also, we recently reduced the price on this 80 acre parcel in the Craig Lake Wilderness Area. Did I mention that Landon is really starting to walk now? He really doesn’t like to crawl much anymore. My little boy is growing by the day. Have a great week!

July 10th, 2011. We had a really nice time entertaining my brother and his family over the last few days. Friday we toured all over Keweenaw county, checking out the beaches, shops in Copper Harbor, Brockway Mountain, and everything in between. Saturday was kind of rainy so we went swimming at their hotel, and played in the arcade at the Rock House/Mine Shaft. Today I showed some property outside of Lake Linden. I did receive an offer this weekend on this beautiful acreage overlooking Torch Lake. Time for another week. Hope you had a great weekend!

July 7th, 2011. Today we got started on a timber harvest I’m managing on US 41. Everything is off to a great start. Later this afternoon, my brother and his family arrived in the Copper Country. We mostly hung out at the cabin tonight, and now we’re all set for some Keweenaw touring tomorrow. Have a great Friday and a great weekend!

July 6th, 2011. I’ve been busy trying to get work all caught up so I can spend some time with my brother and his family. They will be arriving tomorrow night. So here is an incredible estate being offered near Arnheim. The property has miles of Sturgeon River frontage, and hundreds of beautiful acres. Tonight after closing down the office I drove out near Mud Lake to meet with a landowner. We looked over his acreage that he is considering having a timber harvest on. I drove him over to show him a timber harvest that I managed just a few months ago and he was very impressed. Forestry done right is a beautiful thing. Also, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great day!

July 5th, 2011. The phone was ringing today as lots of weekend lookers had questions on properties that they checked out over the weekend. We did have a buyer decide not to move forward on this house on Lake Annie Road, so it is available and back on the market. It is a very nice house on 40 acres. It was a very nice night here, I just got done mowing the lawn and grilling some steaks. Anyhow, I just got a phone call and was asked to e-mail out some information to write an offer on some property that I have listed on Bootjack Road, so that is good news. I better get going on that. Take Care!

July 4th, 2011. I hope that everybody had a nice weekend, and a great Independence Day! Saturday morning I put up a couple of signs, and then in the afternoon I had a ‘short-notice’ showing on this fantastic Mining Captain’s house outside of Painesdale. Saturday night and Sunday morning I roofed a new garage for Melissa’s uncle. Once that was done, I finally got to do a little bit of fishing in the evening down by Twin Lakes. It was a beautiful night on the water, and I landed a couple of pike and bass. There is nothing like listening to the call of a loon on a north country lake. Today we visited some friends camping up in Copper Harbor, but weren’t able to stay long enough for the fireworks, as Landon goes to bed around 9:00 pm. I’ll be trying to get a lot done this week before my brother and his family arrives on Thursday night. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

July 1st, 2011. I hope that your July is off to a great start. It was a hot and humid day up here. Today I listed an unbelievable estate with over 250 acres, over 10,000 feet of riverfront, and much more. I’ll have the details on here next week. I’m sure many of you will be out and about this weekend, so be safe, and have a great time! Happy Independence Day!

June 30th, 2011. Today I traveled over 100 miles doing nothing but putting up and taking down signs. I covered Tapiola, Mass City, Nisula, L’anse, Baraga, Lake Linden, and Calumet. Some were newer listings, others were properties that recently sold. I saw my first buck of the year, he was bounding across Tapiola Road in the middle of the afternoon. I can’t even imagine how many wood ticks those deer have to deal with during the summer months. We just finished a late dinner, and now it is time to get ready for tomorrow. July is here!

June 29th, 2011. It is hard to believe that the month of June is already winding down. I woke up last night with a sore throat, and didn’t feel too great today. I spent the day in the office, and actually did get a lot done. Here is a super price on a fully rented duplex that I just listed in Calumet. Anyhow, I’m hoping that I feel a little better tomorrow. Take care.

June 28th, 2011. Today I put a duplex in Calumet on the market. I also ended up looking at a couple of potential listings in the afternoon as well. Tonight I showed a ‘shop’ near Tamarack City. After that I went to Lake Linden for a second showing on this waterfront home. The buyers seem very serious, and I really feel that they are a good fit for the house. I also recently reduced the price on this foreclosure lot on Portage Lake. We’ve had a couple of offers on the property, but haven’t quite put anything together yet. Melissa was up north visiting some friends tonight, so I treated myself to dinner at the “Rock House” in Houghton. It was really busy in there, and the dinner was very good. For the size of our towns up here, we really do have a lot of dining options. Talk to you tomorrow!

June 27th, 2011. The week is off to a great start! This morning I showed a couple of parcels of land that I have near Skanee, and ended up getting a deal together on both parcels at once. They really are nice properties. After lunch I made my way back north and stopped by a timber harvest that is going on near Tapiola. I helped the loggers establish a property line at their current job. Right now Landon is moving around the living room babbling away. I don’t quite understand his language, but he seems to know what he is talking about. Have a great day!

June 26th, 2011. It was a beautiful summer weekend! I actually didn’t have any showings this weekend, which was kind of nice. I spent most of Saturday at the cabin with Melissa and Landon. I mowed the grass, Melissa got some sun, and Landon had fun playing as usual. Saturday night we went to the ‘Fireman’s Parade’ in South Range. That was the first parade that Landon has ever been to, and he really liked it. He was clapping his hands at the fire trucks as they rolled by. Sunday we went up to a beach near ‘Big Betsy’ and grilled out with in-laws and friends. It was a little cooler than expected with the winds coming out of the northeast across Lake Superior. It was still a great day. I’m ready for an extra busy week. Hope your weekend was great!

June 24th, 2011. The weather system finally passed us by, and we had a beautiful sunny night here in the Keweenaw. Today I set up a handful of appointments for next week. I have five new listings to check out, as well as a couple of potential timber sales. Hopefully it stays sunny long enough to dry things out up here. I really need to cut the grass. When I was a kid, I didn’t like mowing the lawn. Now for some reason as I get older, I really enjoy it. Get out and enjoy the weekend!

June 23rd, 2011. Hopefully we are only one day away from some sunshine. I was out showing properties most of the day in the rain. Even properties that are typically ‘high and dry’ are really wet. The showings did go well, I think we may end up writing an offer on a very affordable waterfront lot. Speaking of affordable, here is a really nice new listing for some vacant land in Tapiola. Less than 10K for a great piece of property! Seller financing terms make it even easier to acquire. Anyhow, I’m ready for some sunshine!

June 22nd, 2011. Rain, rain, rain. We’ve certainly got more than we need now. This morning I hung out with my relatives a little longer until they got back on the road after lunch. In the afternoon I entered in a couple of new listings near Tapiola. I’m all set for some vacant land showings tomorrow, and I’m planning on packing my rain gear. I actually like showing properties in the rain, because I know that buyers must be serious if they are willing to hike the properties in bad weather. Hope that you have a great day!

June 21st, 2011. It was a rainy day up here. In the morning I had a good meeting with some potential buyers for one of my listings near Lake Linden. In the afternoon I finished up a couple of land division application for recent pending sales. I also signed a listing agreement for some nice parcels near Tapiola. I got a call from some relatives that I haven’t seen in quite some time, and they happened to be visiting the area. We ending up having them over for dinner, and had a great time. They enjoyed meeting Landon and Melissa, and then I drove them around for a brief tour of Houghton/Hancock. It really was nice seeing them. Wasn’t today the first day of summer? Try to make the most of it, as it will be over before you know it.

June 20th, 2011. Off and running on a productive week. We officially got a deal together on two lots near Gay, so congratulations to Doug and Mary! Other than that, I got most of the items done on my ‘to-do’ list. The weather is calling for a rainy week, so we are still holding off on a timber harvest that we were supposed to be starting. Right now Melissa and I are watching some ‘Food Network’ before we head off to bed. Some of these shows are pretty addicting. Hope that you a good Monday!

June 19th, 2011. I hope that all of you ‘Dad’s’ out there had a nice Father’s Day. It was a rainy Father’s Day here, we spent it at home and had the in-laws over for a late lunch. Friday I wrote an offer on one of my listings between Lake Linden and Gay, and I’m working on getting it accepted. This weekend I traveled to L’anse and Ewen, to take updated pictures of a couple of my listings. I was hoping to sneak in my first ‘UP’ fishing trip this weekend, but the weather just didn’t cooperate. Well, I’ve got my ‘to-do’ list ready to go for this week, so time to get ready for another week of real estate and forestry. Take Care!

June 16th, 2011. It was cloudy and cooler today, but still a nice day. Real estate is still rolling along at a nice pace. Here is a new waterfront listing on Vermilac Lake, near Covington. I’ve never been down to that lake before, and I was really impressed with the water and terrain. Really nice value. Get out and enjoy Bridgefest!

June 15th, 2011. Houghton is starting to get busy as the city is preparing for Bridgefest. If you’re not familiar with bridgefest, check out the website here. Today we closed on my residential listing up in Sylvan Estates, so a big congrats to Walt and Karen on that. I’m glad everything worked out smoothly for you. Later in the day I entered in a new listing on Vermilac Lake near Covington. Details to follow tomorrow. We’re still getting tons of projects around the house done everyday. Pretty soon we’ll probably never want to sell this place. The week is half over already? Talk to you tomorrow.

June 14th, 2011. We were pretty excited to see the Tigers win tonight, moving them up to first place in the division. Today I did quite a bit of paperwork preparing for upcoming closings. In the afternoon I went down to Baraga county to walk some property that I’m managing a timber harvest on. The ground is still pretty soft and moist, so I’m going to wait at least another three weeks before checking it out again. We want to make sure everything is nice and dry to minimize any damage caused by logging equipment. We’re still getting lots of projects done around the house. Hope you are having a fun and productive summer.

June 13th, 2011. Off and running on another week. First off, congrats to the Dallas Mavericks for defeating the Miami Heat, I enjoyed watching that game. This morning I went up to Copper City to help get the power and water turned on for an upcoming inspection. After that I went up to the Phoenix area to check out 240 acres that I should be listing soon. We officially got the deal together on a 38 acre parcel near Lake Linden, so congrats to all involved on that one. Also, we’ve been getting quite a few showings on this waterfront home, now that we have reduced the price. The house needs some updates on the inside, but is quite a value for the handy person. Tonight we worked for hours getting the five layers of old shingles picked up from the roofing project. I ended up getting a dumpster brought out here, which is making things easier. Everything is all picked up and looking great. Lastly, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

June 12th, 2011. Nothing like a summer weekend! Saturday I wrote an offer on about 38 acres near Lake Linden. It sounds like we have a deal, I’m just waiting to get the signatures back. Today Landon received his first haircut, he looks so grown up with it! Anyhow, as I was posting ‘pic of the day’ tonight, I noticed that I just posted my 1,000th picture. Thank you to those of you who have e-mailed me nice pictures over the years to help. It can be tough coming up with a different interesting picture everyday, so I really do appreciate the pics that you e-mail me. Time for a busy week.

June 10th, 2011. Hopefully everybody is all set for a great weekend. The weather is quite cool up here, in the 40′s. I put together three closing folders today for deals that I got accepted this week. Here is a nice efficient house that I just listed this week. Nice location between Houghton and Calumet. Our roof project is nearing completion. Now we just have lots of clean-up ahead of us. Tonight we stuffed ourselves with a fantastic smorgasbord at Henry’s Never Inn in Rockland. You really have to make the trip to Rockland on a Friday or Saturday night to eat at Sally and Henry’s place. The food is so good. Have a great weekend!

June 9th, 2011. We ended up staying out at the cabin last night, and I met with some loggers in the morning to look at doing a thinning on my own property out at the cabin. In the afternoon I had two closings, so congrats to all involved in both. We recently reduced the price on this extremely well kept home overlooking Torch Lake in Lake Linden. It sure is a nice place. I also just listed this really nice cottage on Hermit’s Cove. That area has some of the nicest beach in the Keweenaw. Have a great Friday!

June 8th, 2011. Kind of weird weather today. It started out around 80 degrees in the morning, then dropped to the high 40′s by late afternoon in some areas. I entered three new listings onto the MLS today. In the afternoon I got a phone call, and ended up doing some short notice showings on vacant land near Gay and Jacobsville. The showings went very well. The buyer has three great properties to choose from. The roofing project is progressing. I’m all set for two closings tomorrow. Take Care!

June 7th, 2011. I hope that your week is going well. Today was got the offers accepted on two different lots on Rice Lake, so congrats to all involved. I also got an offer accepted on one of my vacant parcels in Skanee. Here is a recent HUGE price reduction on this 240 acre parcel near Ewen. If you can’t afford the whole 240 acres, you can also buy it in smaller pieces, such as this 10 acre version of the listing. This afternoon I started working on updating the roof on part of our house. It was plenty of work just tearing several layers of old shingles off, but now we are making progress. Have a great day!

June 6th, 2011. What a busy day! I ended up writing four different purchase agreements today, all of which I expect to get together one way or another. I also drove up to Hermit’s Cove to take pictures of a nice cottage on Lake Superior that I am listing. I didn’t get back home tonight until late, so I need to catch up on some e-mails so I can go to bed. Check out ‘pic of the day’, it was so cool seeing that newborn fawn out at the cabin. Take Care!

June 5th, 2011. What a nice weekend! Summer is in full swing. Saturday I had a good showing on some acreage near Lake Linden. I’ve been getting some good interest out that way lately. We just had a nice price reduction on this nice lot on Lake Medora. I can’t believe how good the prices are getting on that lake. Lake Medora is one of the most pristine lakes in the Keweenaw. We also lowered the price on this acreage near Lake Superior on Bolo Road. With the amount of interest we’ve already had on the property, I’m confident that this price drop will make it move. Sunday we had a great day out at the cabin. The weather was fantastic, and I got a lot of random projects done. We had a handful of in-laws out there, and grilled some delicious lunch. Landon is really starting to have a good time out there. The highlight of the day was finding a newborn fawn hiding in the tall grass nearby. We didn’t touch it, as you never should, since the fawn’s mother is always within hearing distance. Even though you may not see the mother, they will be back, so don’t disturb the fawn. It was really neat to see such a tiny little creature. I got a good picture, and then backed away. I’ll post the pic later this week. Time to start making my ‘to-do’ list for work this week. Have a great week!

June 2nd, 2011. It was a nice sunny day up north. I spent the morning in the office working on closing statements. I also received an offer on a couple of waterfront lots that I have for sale, so hopefully we’ll get that together. Later in the afternoon, I stopped by the cabin to attempt to mow the grass, but my riding lawnmower wouldn’t run right again. I’ll have to take it back to Abe’s Supply in Dodgeville, and let them figure it out. It sure was a nice day to be out there anyhow. I hope that you have a great Friday!

June 1st, 2011. The month of June is finally here! What a great month to be in the U.P. Our hummingbird feeder has been extremely busy, which is always fun to watch. Last night we had heavy winds, and lost power from about 6:30 AM until after 2:00 pm. You never realize how much you rely on electricity until you don’t have it anymore. This afternoon I went and looked at a very nice house in Tamarack City that I will be listing. I’m looking forward to selling it. Time to get back to watching the Tigers. Take care!

May 31st, 2011. It was nice to get back to work. I set up several appointments later in the week for listings and showings. I listed a nice house conveniently located between Houghton and Calumet. Most of the day was just spent getting caught up on random issues, and getting a couple of closings scheduled. Speaking of closings, congratulations to Walt and Evan on their closing last Friday. The weather was nearly 80 and mostly sunny today, which is really making our leaves finally come out. It looks like summer has finally made its way into the Keweenaw.

May 30th, 2011. We’re back! I hope that everybody had a safe and great weekend. Landon did very well on the long ride. We stayed in St. Ignace on Wednesday night, and I forgot what a nice little town that is. We had a great breakfast at “Java Joe’s”, I highly recommend it. We spent the rest of the time at the family farm, where we stayed really busy. I caught some nice fish, and we played a lot of games, and got to see lots of friends and family. Although we had a great time, it feels good to be back in the Keweenaw as always. I’m refreshed and ready to get back to work. Have a great day!

May 24th, 2011. I’m trying to get everything wrapped up to leave town tomorrow afternoon. We just had a price reduction on this immaculate house with a fantastic view near Lake Linden. Anyhow, it felt good to pack up some fishing gear today, as I’m really looking forward to a little vacation time. We are pretty much all packed up and ready to go. I’ll check in here again when I get a chance from lower Michigan. I hope you have safe travels if you are out and about this Memorial Day weekend. Take Care!

May 23rd, 2011. I’m still fighting a cold. This morning I got the paperwork rolling for a couple of upcoming closings. We officially got a deal together on a vacant parcel near Lake Linden, so congrats to buyer Chuck and seller Gene on that one. In the afternoon I had some vacant land showings with a nice young couple from Wisconsin. We got rained on most of the afternoon, but had a good time and covered some ground. Melissa is already starting to pack for our upcoming trip to Lower Michigan. We plan on heading out on Wednesday afternoon. Have a good day!

May 22nd, 2011. Saturday was mostly spent out at the cabin with Melissa and Landon. We mowed grass out there, and enjoyed our time together down there. Today I woke up feeling very under the weather. Sore throat, sneezing, etc. I ended up having to postpone some showings that I had scheduled for Sunday. I am very pleased to show you the details on one of the most exciting houses I’ve ever listed. This Mining Captain’s house is truly spectacular. I’ve never seen anything like it. Anyhow, I hope I feel better tomorrow, as I have lots to do. Hope you had a nice weekend!

May 20th, 2011. Everybody in the Keweenaw enjoyed summertime temperatures today. It felt nice to wear shorts for the first time this year. I spent the morning out near Gay, freshening up some property boundaries on some acreage. After that I was over on the east side of Torch Lake taking pictures of a new listing, and checking out a recently completed timber harvest. Everything looked great. We just did a 10K price reduction on this large waterfront parcel on Point Abbaye. Anyhow, we got some household projects done tonight. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, as it is the first Saturday in quite awhile that I don’t have any appointments. I could use a day off, and I’m looking forward to spending it with Melissa and Landon. Hopefully you can spend your weekend with your loved ones too. Later.

May 19th, 2011. I feel like today I had a well rounded real estate day. I had a closing, got a new deal together, listed a house, and had a showing. Those are the four primary activities in real estate, and it was interesting to do them all in one day. Congrats to my relatives involved in the closing this morning. Here is a new affordable listing on Duck Creek near Ontonagon. Also, here is a really nice sized cottage near the Ottawa National Forest near Mass City. I’m really getting some nice listings to sell this year. In the afternoon I listed an amazing house that is over 6,500 square feet! I can’t wait to show you the details. Tonight I had a showing on this nice home in Houghton. Time to get ready for another day. I hope that your week is going well!

May 18th, 2011. I was supposed to be showing land on Brockway Mountain this morning, but the showing ended up being cancelled. That actually worked out alright as I had a lot to do in the office. I reduced some prices on current listings, as well as entered in a couple of new ones. I also finished up my land division application for my recent sale near Ontonagon. Here is a price reduction that is going to get some attention. I’ve had several buyers watching this beachfront cottage on Lake Superior. At this new price, somebody is going to scoop this up soon. Take Care!

May 17th, 2011. Today was even warmer than yesterday. In the morning I did some scouting on a new property that I will be hunting on this fall. I picked out a couple of potential treestand locations. After lunch I went down to Mass City to take pictures of a newer cabin that I’m listing. After that I drove down further south to Vermilac Lake to take pictures of a beautiful lot that I’m listing. I have never been to that lake, and I was very impressed. Time to get some GPS coordinates ready for a showing on Brockway Mountain in the morning. Have a great day!

May 16th, 2011. What a beautiful spring day. In the morning I received an offer on one of my new foreclosure listings. I also ended up writing an offer on a piece of land in Sherman Township. In the afternoon I was down in Ontonagon county taking pics of some new listings that will be hitting the market soon. By the way, Landon is sooo close to walking now. He can stand on his own for quite awhile, and he can take one or two steps before he drops down and decides that crawling is faster. I hope your Monday treated you well.

May 15th, 2011. How was your weekend? Today was sunny but cool. On Saturday I spent most of the day with Landon as Melissa was attending a baby shower for her friend. I went into the office later in the afternoon, and offically got a deal accepted on my new 7.5 acre listing on Bolo Road. I spent a couple of hours after that putting together comparable land sales all over our area for a prospective buyer I’ve been working with. Sunday I went out Hermit’s Cove to meet with sellers and sign listing paperwork on a nice cottage I’ll be listing on Lake Superior. I have a very long list of things I need to get done this week. I’m really looking forward to our annual trip to the family farm for Memorial Day weekend. Our trees are starting to green up slightly. Summer is coming!

May 13th, 2011. I hope that Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky for anybody. We experienced some cooler temperatures today, but that doesn’t really bother me. After working most of the day in the office, I had a showing on a waterfront cottage on Portage Lake tonight. It was a very beautiful parcel. We should be writing an offer on it next week. I’ve still got plenty of work to do over the weekend. It is hard to believe that May is almost half over already! Try to get out and enjoy your weekend!

May 12th, 2011. I hope that everybody had a great day. I covered quite a few miles. I showed a remote 80 acre parcel outside of Herman. We unloaded the ATV and toured the property, food plots, deer blinds, and the surrounding CFA lands. Then we traveled to the Craig Lake Wilderness area to do the same thing for another 80 acre parcel that I have listed there. That took up most of the day, but I stopped by a logging job on the way home to meet with one of the logging companies that I work with. It was pretty fun, they actually showed me how to operate the harvester and I cut and processed a dozen trees or so. The equipment that they use now is so sophisticated. Here is a video example of the type of harvester that I got to run tonight. Fun stuff. Now we’re watching the Red Wings in game 7, Go Wings!

May 11th, 2011. It is 9:57 pm, and I’m officially done working for the day. Well almost, I still have a few e-mails to answer. Many people think that being a real estate agent sounds great because you can set your own hours. This could be true for part time real estate agents. The truth is, if you wanted to support a family and make a full time living at real estate, you will work more than 40 hours per week, and be flexible enough to work nights and weekends with little notice. I’m not complaining at all, I just point it out to my friends that think they want my schedule. What I really love about my job is the variety. Everyday I’m doing something different, and I get to meet so many interesting people. The days that I’m out walking in the woods is when I especially love my job. Anyhow, I have a couple of purchase agreements I’m working on right now, and put a new property on the market. This large parcel on Lake Superior really impressed me. It has a nice cleared site ready to go for somebody to enjoy. Right now I have a whole bunch of GPS coordinates loaded up for tomorrow morning. I’m showing some remote parcels from Craig Lake to Herman, and other random places as well. Hopefully it doesn’t rain too hard. Have a wonderful day!

May 10th, 2011. Every day is one day closer to the wonderful month of June. There was a major power outage from Copper Harbor to Escanaba for many hours this morning. Many area schools were closed. I went out to take pictures of a new waterfront listing in Stanton Township. I also put this nice waterview acreage back on the market near Sedar Bay. Tonight I received an offer on one of my listings near Covington, so hopefully we can get that together. Here is a new poll question for you to vote on. Go Red Wings!

May 9th, 2011. It was kind of a cloudy rainy Monday up here. This morning I sent out the final payments for a completed timber harvest near Lake Linden. Later tonight I got a timber sale contract signed for a new harvest in Baraga Township. I finally convinced myself that spring is officially here, so I had the snow tires taken off of Melissa’s vehicle. Other than that I have a few new listings to put on the market, and I have a few new sales in the works as well. We had a friend over for dinner tonight, so that was nice. Right now I’m very happy to see my Detroit Tigers continue their winning streak! I hope that your week is off to a great start.

May 8th, 2011. I hope that all you moms out there had a great Mother’s Day. Saturday was a beautiful day, and I was out and about showing houses. I’ve got a few different residential deals in the works right now. Melissa had a nice Mother’s Day on Sunday. Her and Landon’s birthstones are both diamond, so that works out nicely for her ;). Later in the day we went up to the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor for their annual Mother’s Day dinner. It was a fantastic five course meal. Time for another week of action. Take Care!

May 6th, 2011. I hope that everyone had a good Friday. I’ve been busy putting listings onto the market. Here is an interesting parcel that I’m relisting at a much lower price. The property is already going to be shown this weekend. Today we also closed on my foreclosure listing in Hancock. We sure had a lot of interest on that house. I have another foreclosure coming out next week that is a great deal as well. We did get the offer accepted on my nice listing on 40 acres just outside of Hancock, so that is good news. Anyhow, I’m all set for some showings this weekend. Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there! I have developed a new appreciation for what it means to be a parent. Have a nice weekend!

May 5th, 2011. Happy belated Cinco de Mayo. Today I got caught up in the office after being on the road and out in the woods for the last two days. I got a couple of new listings loaded onto the MLS. We are also getting very close to putting a deal together on my new house listing on 40 acres outside of Houghton. We also had a closing today on a place with two lots on Lake Superior, so congrats to Todd on that one. Later tonight I had a showing on an absolutely amazing home that is over 6,000 square feet! It went very well. Things are really rolling along this year. Have a fantastic Friday!

May 4th, 2011. Today was another extra long day. I spent about 5 hours on the road traveling to check out another couple thousand acres of land. It really has been fun though to see all of these beautiful properties. On the way home tonight I saw a moose, and stopped to take some pics. It was a little far away, but I think I got some decent shots. I’ll post one on ‘pic of the day’ someday soon. My face feels pretty warm, I actually got quite a bit of sun today, which was nice. I hope that you are having a great week!

May 3rd, 2011. I didn’t get home until after 10:00 pm tonight. I spent the afternoon and early evening taking an inventory of a huge timberland parcel for a new client. The property was very impressive, one of the nicest properties I’ve ever seen. I still have over 2,000 acres in multiple counties that I need to visit before the week is over. Lots of work, but it sure is great to spend a beautiful spring day in the deep woods. I came across a couple of wolves today, and they took off quickly when they realized what I was. Time to answer some more e-mails, and then get to bed. Take care!

May 2nd, 2011. This morning wasn’t very springlike! We had snow flurries most of the morning and early afternoon. I was out and about showing rental houses for sale in Houghton and Hancock. The showings went well, the buyers are trying to decide which house they want to offer on. Speaking of offers, we received an offer on this new listing on Lake Annie Road, but we still have some work to do to get it together. I’m getting dozens of GPS coordinates ready for tomorrow so I can investigate a huge timberland parcel that I have a buyer looking to purchase. Time to put Landon to bed. Have a great day!

May 1st, 2011. Hooray for May! Saturday was Melissa’s birthday. I had to go to the office for awhile to set up some showings for Monday, but later in the day we went out to dinner at Quincy’s, and then visited some friends. Sunday morning I had a showing on a beautiful house south of Houghton. Later on Sunday I checked out a potential new listing in Hancock. Right now I’m making a list for a very busy week that I have ahead of me. I hope that you had a fun weekend!

April 29th, 2011. Nothing like a warm sunny day to lift everyone’s spirits. This morning I finished up my closing statements for a sale on my foreclosed home in Hancock. Later on I traveled up north to put up a sign on a new listing. I swung by the cabin for a bit today, and didn’t want to leave since it was such a beautiful day. This year is off to a great start in both real estate and in forestry. I really hope that you will consider recommending me to anybody you know needing my services in the western U.P., as I really do love what I do for a living. Tomorrow is Melissa’s birthday, so I’m going to spend some time with her to celebrate. Have a great weekend!

April 28th, 2011. I spent the morning in the office getting things together for some upcoming closings. This afternoon I had a listing appointment on a house that will end up being one of the most impressive homes I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to get it on the market. Here is a nicely wooded parcel of land conveniently located between Houghton and Baraga. My sister-in-law and future brother-in-law came over for dinner tonight, and now we are watching the NFL draft. Is is Friday already?

April 27th, 2011. This morning I went and looked at a potential new listing of a duplex rental in Calumet. I’m also happy to post the details on one of my new listings, a fantastic house on 40 acres just outside of Houghton/Hancock. This one is priced to sell for sure. Time to get to bed and get ready for tomorrow. Take Care!

April 26th, 2011. You’ve probably already noticed a few subtle changes to the website. I changed the green color to blue, updated the photo at the top of the homepage, and also have the homepage displaying three ‘featured properties, rather than one. I’ve already had some nice feedback on the slightly different look. We had some problems with our sites and e-mail today, so if you sent me an e-mail or information request on Tuesday, you may want to re-send it. Today I put another new listing onto the MLS, and I finished up my forest management plan for an upcoming harvest. The weather was kind of ugly today, going back and forth from rain to snow. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Please vote. Have a nice day!

April 25th, 2011. Temps were in the high 60′s which made for a beautiful day. I entered a new residential listing on the market this morning, and also signed a listing agreement on a 6 acre parcel on US-41. In the afternoon, I went out to a property where I will be managing a timber harvest. I recently had the corners surveyed, and today was just a matter of ‘connecting the dots’ and ribboning the boundaries. The next step is to write up the management plan for review by the landowner. I also received quite a few calls from potential buyers today. It seems like the amount of buyer inquiries rise with the temperature. If you have been looking to buy land, I think that this is a great year to do it. The values are as good as I’ve seen them, and interest rates are also as low as I think they are going to get. Combined with the vast array of properties to choose from, this is certainly the perfect time to find your piece of the U.P. Owning property up here is truly something special. I hope that your week is off to a great start.

April 24th, 2011. Happy Easter! I hope that everybody had a great holiday weekend. Friday night I stayed at the cabin. We ended up getting several inches of snow that night, and lost power, so it ended up being a long cold night. This weekend I put this acreage in the city of Houghton back on the market, and we also got the offer accepted on the house in Mohawk. We spent Sunday at the in-laws and had a delicious dinner. Right now I’m watching the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL playoffs, and watching my ol’ pal John Scott knocking people down as usual. Time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. Have a good Monday!

April 21st, 2011. I spent the morning communicating with some buyers looking to purchase some large acreage in the western U.P., so I’m looking forward to working on that. In the afternoon I took pictures of a new residential listing on 40 acres just outside of Houghton. I also put this 40 acre parcel back on the market at a new price. Later on I drove up to Calumet to write an offer with a buyer on this residence in Mohawk. Tonight we met friends for dinner at De La Terre in Lake Linden, and it was very good. Every Thursday night you can get a free entree for dinner if your birthday is in that month. Melissa has an April birthday, so she got a free dinner tonight. Take care!

April 20th, 2011. It was a pretty mild day. I worked on some forestry paperwork in the morning hours, and then spent the afternoon at the real estate office. I entered a 40 acre parcel onto the MLS, and made some other listing appointments for Thursday. Buyer inquiries are still coming in, and it is shaping up to be a very good year. Landon is so close to walking now, I think it could happen any day. He can stand up on his own for 5 seconds or so, but then he decides that he can get places faster by crawling. It is a good thing we ‘child-proofed’ our house, because he gets into everything. I’m looking forward to a busy day tomorrow. Have a great day!

April 19th, 2011. This morning I got the wheels turning on a couple of upcoming closings. I’m also working on a few new upcoming listings. This afternoon we had Landon’s one year doctor’s appt, and everything went well. We got the green light to change his carseat around to forward facing, so we took him for a ride tonight. He really seemed to enjoy the new perspective. He babbled all the way home. I see on the webcam that the turkeys have still been showing up, so that is fun to watch. Have a nice day!

April 18th, 2011. Today was Landon’s 1st birthday! Our lives sure have changed since he was born. Today we got a deal together on this waterfront property near Chassell, as well as some additional frontage available, so congrats to the buyers and seller. You may recall I recently sold a 9 acre parcel between Lake Linden and Gay. Now the seller is going to sell another 9 acre parcel east of the one I just sold. You can see the listing here. We already lost a bit of our snow today, so hopefully we’ll get back to some springlike conditions. Take Care!

April 17th, 2011. It went from spring back to winter here in the Keweenaw. We received plenty of snow over the weekend, and it looks like we have went back to March. Oh well, hopefully the snow will leave as fast as it came. I entered in a few new listings on Friday, including this fantastic affordable waterfront in Keweenaw County. I have no doubt that this one will sell. Today I have been trying to get a deal together on some waterfront in Chassell Township. The buyers have been having a hard time making up their mind today, so we’ll see what happens and hope for the best. Oh, and I almost forgot, Friday I got an offer accepted on this foreclosed lot on Portage Lake. It is always good to be busy. Hope that you all had a great weekend.

April 14th, 2011. This morning I was out near Gay in Sherman Township showing a 25 acre parcel. We spent lots of time getting a detailed look at the land, and checking out all of the property corners and boundaries. It was a good showing. After that I stopped out to check on my timber harvest going on near Bootjack. The job is almost complete, and I’m very happy with how everything looks. Responsible forestry is a beautiful thing. This afternoon we closed on my 154 acre listing on Cliff Drive near Mohawk. Congratulations to seller Clinton and buyer Mike. The new buyers are a great fit for the land. Tonight I drove up to Lake Bailey to take pictures and put up signs on some nice waterfront that I am listing for a very aggressive price. I’ll have the details up and running by Monday. Speaking of new listings, here is great rental house in Houghton that is licensed for six tenants, and has parking for all six, which can be hard to find in Houghton. Long day, drove over 150 miles, and got a lot done. Enjoy your Friday!

April 13th, 2011. Busy day. Looked at a nice house on 40 acres that I will be listing just outside of Houghton. In the afternoon I looked at another beautiful home south of Houghton that I’m hoping to list. Both houses look very saleable. We also got the offer accepted on my foreclosure listing in Hancock, so it is nice to have that together. Also, here is beautiful waterfront log cabin that I just put on the market yesterday. It is the perfect north country get-a-way. Anyhow, it is getting late, and I’m still loading up some GPS coordinates for some vacant land showings in the morning. The Detroit Red Wings started their playoff series tonight, so go Red Wings!

April 12th, 2011. Another beautiful day in the north country. This morning I went out the cabin for a couple of hours, which was probably a bad idea, as I didn’t want to leave. I really need to pick a day to spend out there soon. In the afternoon we got an offer on my new listing on Emma Ave in Hancock, which I’m thinking will be accepted. After closing the office tonight, I had a showing on this waterfront home in Lake Linden. We recently reduced the price, which seemed to stimulate some interest. Have a great day!

April 11th, 2011. What started off as a windy and rainy morning, ended up being a beautiful and sunny day. As you can see on ‘pic of the day’, I had some new wildlife show up on the webcam that I’ve never seen before. Wild Turkeys have made their way into the area, so that was really fun to watch. Hopefully they’ll stick around for awhile. Tonight I had a good showing on this home in Mohawk. We’ll see what happens. By the way, here is a new listing just outside of Houghton. This is a nice parcel of land in a great location, with a very affordable price. I hope that your week is off to a great start. Take Care.

April 10th, 2011. It was a nice warm weekend here in the Keweenaw. I watched Landon all day Saturday while Melissa went shopping in Marquette with her Mom and Sister. I’ve actually come down with a minor cold. I never knew how often you could sick until you have a child in daycare for part of the week. Anyhow, we’re losing snow fast, and summer seems like it is slowly heading our way. I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend.

April 8th, 2011. The weather was beautiful today! It was sunny and the temps reached the 60′s in our area. I spent the entire morning in the woods, which I always enjoy. I was taking inventory and measurements for a new upcoming timber harvest. After that I was in the office until after 7:00. We are still in negotiations trying to get a deal together on my Portage Lake waterfront listing. I also met with a seller and got the listing paperwork signed on a new log cabin on Rice Lake. It was a productive day, and I’m looking forward to spending the day with Landon tomorrow. I hope you get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend!

April 8th, 2011. The weather was beautiful today! It was sunny and the temps reached the 60′s in our area. I spent the entire morning in the woods, which I always enjoy. I was taking inventory and measurements for a new upcoming timber harvest. After that I was in the office until after 7:00. We are still in negotiations trying to get a deal together on my Portage Lake waterfront listing. I also met with a seller and got the listing paperwork signed on a new log cabin on Rice Lake. It was a productive day, and I’m looking forward to spending the day with Landon tomorrow. I hope you get out and enjoy the outdoors this weekend!

April 7th, 2011. Busy day. I wrote an offer on this Portage Lake waterfront lot this morning, now we’re just waiting for a response from the seller. After lunch I showed this foreclosed house in Hancock that has been getting a ton of showings. We ended up writing an offer on the spot, but it was rejected. One thing I’ve learned in real estate is that you can list a property for an incredibly low price, and people still want to come in lower. I think it is more of a mental thing for buyers. Sometimes even full price is a great deal. After that I had to hurry off for a showing on this waterfront property in Chassell Township. The showing went very well, and hopefully I’ll be writing an offer with the buyers. Tonight I drove out to Hermit’s Cove near Gay to look at a Lake Superior Cottage that I may be listing. I covered quite a few miles today, but it is always good to be busy. Enjoy your Friday!

April 6th, 2011. Today I took pictures of a rental house that I’m listing in Houghton. I also already had a buyer come along for a preview of the place. I spent the majority of the rest of the day and night working on income taxes, blah. By the way, the Portage Canal is mostly open now, so it is nice to see the water, rather than ice. Also, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. I hope that you had a great day!

April 5th, 2011. This morning we closed on the cabin on the Silver River, so congrats to Josh buyer and Joe seller. In the afternoon I met with a landowner and signed an agreement to manage a timber harvest on a 57 acre parcel in Baraga county. Tonight I had a showing on this house outside of Atlantic Mine. Landon is getting so close to walking. He stood without holding himself a couple of times tonight, and then laughs his little head off. He sure is something. Enjoy that bald eagle cam, it is very nice this year!

April 4th, 2011. It was a busy day trying to get caught up from missing last Thursday and Friday. The Bald Eagle Nest Cam is back! I can see two brand new eaglets in the nest getting fed as we speak. For future reference, you can use the link on the left side of the homepage under “webcams”. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it as much as I do. Take Care!

April 3rd, 2011. April is here, but it sure feels like winter. Much of Michigan received some snowy weather today. We made the 450 mile drive back from the lower peninsula today. They had a very nice service for Grandma Mabelle, and it was nice to remember all of the fun times we had growing up. It was a quick trip, and I have plenty of work to do right off the bat this week. By the way, I recently listed this foreclosed home in Hancock. This is a hot property right now, as we are getting several showing requests on it, but no offers yet. I predict an accepted offer by the end of this week. I hope that you all had a nice weekend!

March 30th, 2011. It was a busy day as I was rescheduling several appointments. I wrapped up a forest management plan I wrote for a landowner to enroll his property in the Qualified Forest Property Tax Exemption Act. We are pretty much packed up to head downstate in the morning in preparation for Grandma Mabelle’s funeral. We’ll be back on Sunday, and I’ll check back in with you after our 1,000 mile drive. Have a good weekend!

March 29th, 2011. We were sad to learn today that my great grandma, Mabelle Preston, passed away at age 102. She was an amazing lady, and she will be missed. I will be very busy tomorrow making work arrangements so that we can hit the road for lower Michigan on Thursday morning. Take care.

March 28th, 2011. We’re all excited that April is almost here! Today I sent out some listing agreements, and mailed out some timber payments. I also met with a seller today to discuss some plans for her property. The meeting went well, and I’m looking forward to the project. Tonight Melissa and I went to look at another house, but it was a ‘no’ for us. I hope that your week is off to a good start!

March 27th, 2011. Michigan Tech came up short in the National Championship, but they sure had a successful and memorable season, so a big congrats to them. Friday we closed on a small parcel on Copper Harbor, so congrats to Kirk on the purchase. Saturday morning I went down to an ‘inspection’ of sorts on my pending sale on the Silver River. I had to hurry back to Houghton for a home showing at 11:30. Sunday I walked a 58 acre parcel that I will be listing, as well as possibly managing a timber harvest, so I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes. Time for an extra busy week. Hope your weekend was fun!

March 25th, 2011. Right now we are watching Michigan Tech play in the National Championship. I sure hope they can bring the trophy back home to the U.P., but either way they have had a great season. This morning I showed a handful of houses in Mohawk, Bumbletown, and Calumet. In the afternoon, I used my snowmobile to get buyers up to the top of this 154 acre parcel in Keweenaw county. We ended up hiking to one of the highest points in the area. The snow is so hard packed now that you don’t even need snowshoes. That was definitely one of the most beautiful properties I’ve ever seen. Time to get back to the game. Go Huskies!!

March 24th, 2011. Go Tech! The women’s basketball team won last night, advancing to the first national championship game in school history. They will play Friday night at 8 pm (EST) on ESPN2. Today I drove down (then up) to Point Abbaye to show this waterfront parcel. It is such a beautiful property, and the showing went pretty well. Speaking of waterfront, I still think that this parcel in Chassell Township is one of the best deals out there. Somebody better snatch this one up. Tonight I went towards Oskar (yes that is how it is spelled) to look at a parcel of land that I’ll be listing. Time to get ready for an extra busy today tomorrow. Have a great Friday!

March 23rd, 2011. Congratulations to the Michigan Tech Women’s basketball team who defeated Arkansas Tech last night, and have now advanced to the ‘final four’. You can watch them play tonight (wednesday night) on ESPNU at 9:30 pm. Go Huskies! Today was very productive. I got pictures and measurements on a house I’m listing in Hancock. I’m also working on listing a beautiful cabin on Rice Lake. Tonight I loaded up my Polaris for a showing tomorrow out on Point Abbaye. I have no idea how much snow will or won’t be out there, but I’ll be prepared either way. Take care!

March 22nd, 2011. I sent out a purchase agreement today for the cabin on the Silver River, I’m just waiting to get the signatures back. I also found out that I’ll be listing a house in Hancock this week as well. Right now I’m waiting for a guy from Marquette to show up to look at my Arctic Cat. I recently put my old snowmobile back up for sale, and this guy seems pretty serious. Hopefully he likes it. Have a great day!

March 21st, 2011. I feel like I’m pretty well caught up. I spent most of the day following up on e-mails and phone calls. I see that they are predicting 10 inches of snow or more this week, which would be great. I hope we get it. Melissa and I went and checked out a house tonight, but it wasn’t for us. The search continues. Let it snow!

March 20th, 2011. Today I made the long drive back from lower Michigan. It feels great to be home, and I’ve already been fielding calls and e-mails for upcoming listings/showings. It is actually snowing pretty heavily here right now. The more it snows the happier I’ll be, as I need to show some acreage this weekend that would be most accessible by snowmobile, this time of year. Landon was sure excited so see me, as I was to see him and Melissa. Time to get back to work. I hope your weekend was a good one.

March 18th, 2011. I hope that everybody had a great week. I was gone for a couple of days to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I went to a filming for Michigan Out of Doors big buck night, and everything went great. It was fun to see all of those nice bucks. Next week is going to be busy. Have a great weekend!

March 15th, 2011. Melissa and I have been keeping our eyes open for a new house of our own, so this morning I looked at one that caught our eye, but I think I’m going to keep looking. You’d think that since real estate is my career, it would be easy for me to find a house, but I can certainly understand why it is such a difficult decision for many buyers. We officially got the deal together on this pole building with acreage near Jacobsville, so congrats to my sellers. In the afternoon I had showings near L’anse and Skanee, and they went pretty well. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

March 14th, 2011. This morning I went out to the timber harvest I’m managing near Lake Linden, and everything is moving along nicely. Hopefully the ground stays frozen for a couple more weeks. We are slowly but surely losing our snow cover. After that I looked at a cabin on Rice Lake for a potential listing. Tonight I went to the NCAA women’s Division II Regional Final hosted here in Houghton. The #1 seed Michigan Tech Huskies were victorious, and will now be moving onto Missouri to play in the “Elite 8″ quarterfinal, so a big congrats to them. They really have a great basketball program at Michigan Tech. I hope that your week is off to a great start.

March 13th, 2011. Did you remember to set your clock ahead one hour? I know a lot of people aren’t looking forward to waking up an hour earlier tomorrow. At least we have an extra hour of daylight. Sunday I took another call on my Silver Road Cabin listing, and ended up running down to L’anse to show it. I am writing an offer with the buyer tomorrow morning. On the way home, I stopped at a 40 acre parcel in Baraga Township to take forestry measurements and pictures so I can write a management plan in order to place the property in QFA (Qualified Forest Act). QFA is a great program where if you own at least 20 vacant, wooded acres in Michigan, you are likely to qualify for the program. The short version is that a qualifed forester works with you to write a management plan for your property, and in return, you will realize a very nice discount on your property taxes. The best part about QFA is that you do not have to allow any public access on your property, as you would with the more common CFA designation. You can learn more about QFA by clicking this link. I am certifed to write these plans, and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. I hope you had a great weekend!

March 11th, 2011. It was a sunny day today. This morning we had some office pictures taken, as we have recently added a couple of new agents. In the afternoon we closed on my 9 acre listing near Lake Linden, so congrats to Bill and Gene. Today I received an offer on this beautiful 10 acres with a pole building, we’ll see if it comes together. Good luck to the girl’s Michigan Tech Huskies basketball team tonight, as they have started playing in the tournament. Last I heard they were winning, so it is looking good. Hope your weekend is a good one.

March 10th, 2011. It sure was a busy day, right now it is after 8:00 pm, and I haven’t stopped working yet today. This morning I opened up the office, and then after lunch I drove to Calumet, as well as Painesdale, to take a pics of a couple of potential future listings. I made an appointment to show my Silver Road cabin next Tuesday. I get lots of inquiries on that property, and I’m ready to sell it. I also reduced the price on this nice lodge with acreage near Covington. Tonight I also drove to Bootjack to take pics of a home for a Broker’s Price Opinion that I’m completing for a bank. Time to get ready for another busy day tomorrow. Cya!

March 9th, 2011. This morning I put the signs up on the Laurium foreclosure listing. I’m communicating with a few different buyers right now on some of my listings, and I’m looking forward to putting the next deal together. Here is a major price reduction on one of my residential waterfront listings near Chassell. Also, I wanted to thank Rebecca for her donation towards the feeding of the deer. It is very much appreciated, especially by the deer. Have a good day!

March 8th, 2011. Just another day of answering e-mails and phone calls. Here is my new foreclosure listing in Laurium. This house sold for 69K in 2003, and is now on the market for $34,900. It is already going to be shown twice tomorrow. The price reflects some needed TLC, but it is still a fantastic value. Landon is growing and growing. He can now pull himself up to a standing position on the side of the couch or chair. I’m sure he’ll be walking before we know it. Take Care!

March 7th, 2011. Greetings from ‘up north’. I hope that your week is off to a good start. It felt good to get back to work today. I put a foreclosed home on the MLS today, and the price is right. It hasn’t even hit the websites yet and I’m already getting e-mails about it. I’ll be able to post details tomorrow. Also, I forget to mention that I already got an accepted offer on this 154 acre parcel that I just listed last week near Mohawk, so that is great news. We did a little family grocery shopping trip tonight, and Landon sure seemed to enjoy taking in all the sights. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a good day!

March 6th, 2011. We had a great time this weekend. The only work I had on Friday was a closing on an 80 acre parcel in Ewen, so congrats to Rob and Jenny on finalizing their retirement dream. Saturday Melissa and I went up to Copper Harbor with my cousin Marcus and his girlfriend. It was a busy time in Copper Harbor, as they were having the CopperDog 150 dog race. Lots of people were in the village, as well as competitors from all over the country, as well as some from Canada. We rented a cabin at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, and unloaded our snowmobiles on site. We rode them up Brockway Mountain, and eventually made our way to Lac La Belle. Lac La Belle was super busy as well, with the Mount Bohemia Ski Resort hosting their annual Mardi Gras weekend. We made our way back to the harbor before dark for dinner at the Mariner North. Sunday we ended up riding our sleds down to Twin Lakes for lunch, and then back home. As you can imagine, we are going to sleep good tonight after all that fun and cold air. There is lots to do in the Keweenaw if you just get out there and do it!

March 3rd, 2011. I opened up the office today, and eventually went to a closing. We closed on a cabin with some acreage that I had listed in Houghton county, so congrats to the seller. I’m still waiting to get the signatures back on the purchase agreement that I sent out yesterday. Tonight Melissa went to a birthday party for one of her friends, so it was just Landon and I hanging out here. I just put him to bed. I hope that Melissa is enjoying her well deserved break. We are looking forward to my cousin Marcus and his girlfriend arriving tomorrow. It should be a fun weekend. Talk to you later…

March 2nd, 2011. Is your March off to a good start? This morning I went up to Laurium to take pictures of a foreclosed home that I will be putting on the market soon. Tonight I sent out a purchase agreement on one of my new listings, I’m just waiting to get the signatures back. There is no doubt now that real estate is really moving in 2011. That is good news for everybody. Landon is cracking me up. Once he figures out how to make a new sound, he just keeps doing it louder and louder. Funny stuff. It is hard to believe that next month he will be one year old! What a fun journey it has been so far. Take care.

March 1st, 2011. March is here! Today was mostly filled with paperwork for this week’s closings. I’m pleased to show you this unique piece of property in Keweenaw County. I find this to be a very special listing, and I’m looking forward to selling it. I’m always excited to list something extra nice, especially when the price is right. Also, I just found out that my cousin Marcus is coming up this weekend to visit us with his girlfriend, so we are looking forward to spending some time with them. Have a great day!

February 28th, 2011. It was a busy start to the week. I’m getting everything wrapped up for two more closings this week, and got a new listing entered into the MLS. There is a misconception that real estate doesn’t move up here in the winter, but if you’ve followed my journal for awhile, you know that I’m always keeping busy. You can tell winter is ever so slowly moving on, as it is staying light outside until after 7:00 pm now. Time to get ready for another day. Cya!

February 27th, 2011. February is almost here and gone. March means springtime for many areas, but here in the Keweenaw, it usually takes quite a bit longer to make the transition. Saturday I went and took pictures of a couple of new listings. Sunday I started working on my income taxes (fun, fun). I’m laughing as I’m typing this. Landon is in his jumper, and boy does he like to jump. This kid is going to be a handful once he starts walking/running. I hope that everybody has a great week!

February 25th, 2011. It got really cold today, and it is snowing pretty good right now, which is just fine with me. We officially closed today on a 120 acre parcel in Baraga county, so congrats to Tom & Marilyn. Later in the day I measured up and took pics of a house in Copper City that I am listing. I also went up to my new 160 acre listing in Allouez Township to take pictures. Speaking of new listings, here is newly listed 38 acre parcel near Lake Superior in Ontonagon county. The nicely wooded property also has a creek running through it. Anyhow, another week is here and gone. I have some work to do this weekend as usual, and I hope that you enjoy your weekend.

February 24th, 2011. This morning I entered in a new listing for 38 acres just outside of Ontonagon. I’ll post the details tomorrow. In the afternoon, I drove down to Ewen to close on a house with 80 acres. Congratulations to Rob & Jennifer, I’m really happy for you guys. Tonight I picked up a Lobster Pizza from the Ambassador for dinner, yum! Have a great day!

February 23rd, 2011. Today was a good day. I listed the 160 acre Keweenaw county parcel that I mentioned yesterday. This is truly a unique parcel, I can’t wait to get the pictures to show you. I also got the wheels turning on listing two different homes up north of here. I’m all set for a closing in Ewen tomorrow. It seems like this month is going by fast. Take Care!

February 22nd, 2011. Sunshine always makes for a beautiful day up here. After spending the morning in the office, I drove my snowmobile out to the timber harvest that I am managing by Lake Linden. Everything is looking great. We’re losing a bit of snow, and I actually hope that we get quite a bit more. Lack of snow isn’t very helpful to most aspects of our economy up here in the winter. I made an appointment tomorrow to list a very special 160 acre parcel, I’m looking forward to it. Have a good one!

February 21st, 2011. This morning our friends Ross and Amanda had their baby girl, Madeline, so a huge congratulations to them. I went to the hospital to meet the new addition, and she sure was cute. It is hard to believe that babies start out so small, and then grow so fast. Other than that, it was just an office day. I e-mailed out some listing paperwork for a great rental house in Houghton that will be hitting the market soon. I received five different buyer inquiries via e-mail today. It is great to see the busy start to this year continue. I hope your week is off to a great start.

February 20th, 2011. I hope that everybody had a great weekend. Other than getting stood up for a showing in L’anse today, I had a pretty nice weekend. Saturday I had a showing on this spotless house near Lake Linden. Later that day, Melissa’s mom watched Landon for a few hours, and Melissa and I went for about a 30 mile snowmobile ride around the Copper Country. She hasn’t ridden with me for a couple of years, so that was fun. Now I’m getting geared for another productive week. Keep the ‘pics of the day’ coming! Thanks!

February 18th, 2011. It was WINDY! I didn’t sleep good last night, as the wind was howling like crazy. Lots of areas lost power today. It seems to be calming down now, however. We had our closing today on a 10 acre parcel near Tapiola, so congrats to the buyer and sellers. I hope you’ve been enjoying the ‘bear den cam’. It has been really interesting to watch this winter. Have a great weekend, I’ll be out showing property, which is always enjoyable. Take Care!

February 17th, 2011. I’m all set for a closing tomorrow. Everybody has still been getting out and enjoying the warmer temps. It is funny to me how if the temps get down in the 40′s in the fall, people dress like it is winter, but when the temps get in the 40′s this time of year, people are wearing shorts. We visited some friends tonight and had a fantastic dinner. Landon sure is growing, I need to get some updated pics of him on here to show you soon. Enjoy your Friday!

February 16th, 2011. I can’t ever recall seeing temperatures this warm in February! There were areas up here today that hit 60 degrees! People were out and about walking and jogging in shorts and t-shirts. Unfortunately I was stuck in the office all day, getting everything finalized for three upcoming closings. Enjoy this weather while you can. Also, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great day!

February 15th, 2011. It was another nice day in the Keweenaw. I’m still getting a good amount of e-mails from potential buyers. I scheduled two different closings next week, which is always great. Tomorrow I’ll be preparing closing statements for both transactions. I’ve also got a couple of forestry plans that I need to get started on shortly. I hope the weather is nice where you are! It seems like even the slightest warm spells tend to increase buyer activity in real estate. Sunshine just puts people in a good mood. Take Care!

February 14th, 2011. The warmer temperatures are very nice. We officially got the deal together on one of my residential listings in Hancock, so that is great news. Today I did a BPO just outside of Houghton. A ‘BPO’ is a Broker’s Price Opinion. These are typically ordered by lenders/mortgage companies when they are entering a foreclosure situation, and they need to know what value the house may sell for. Anyhow, I hope that you had a good Valentine’s Day.

February 13th, 2011. Saturday was sunny and beautiful. I drove up to Copper Harbor and met my buyers who are interested in this stunning property on Brockway Mountain. Taking them on the snowmobile was a lot fun, and we did lots of snowshoeing on the mountain. It was a great showing. Sunday was nice and warm, and I spent some time at the cabin with my wife and son. You may notice that I removed the ‘Chat’ feature for now, simply because of lack of interest. I guess I’m not much fun to talk to ;) Have a great week!

February 11th, 2011. We officially got the deal accepted on this 80 acre parcel in Ewen, so congrats to all involved. The streets of Houghton were full of people and cars today, as Winter Carnival is kicking into gear. I’ve heard that the statues are outstanding this year, so be sure to check them out if you are in the area. Speaking of that, does anybody have a good pic of a Winter Carnival ice sculpture? If so, please e-mail it to me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com, and I’ll post it on ‘pic of the day’ for everybody to enjoy. I have my snowmobile all loaded up and ready for some Keweenaw county showings tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

February 10th, 2011. I’m keeping busy. It is looking like we should get the house deal together in Sylvan Estates, and I also have a deal going on 80 acres that I’m hoping comes together. Tonight we went out to the cabin to plow snow, and there was way more snow than we expected! There was probably 20 inches of new snow on the ground. Anywhere else in the country, 20 inches of snow would be considered a FEMA disaster. In the Keweenaw, 20 inches of snow is considered a long Thursday afternoon. Take Care!

February 9th, 2011. The temperatures this February have been very cold, but the real estate market has been pretty hot. I received another offer today, this time on one of my residential listings in Hancock. We are making a counter offer, and I’m optimistic that we’ll get the deal together. I’ve been getting maps and GPS coordinates ready for a weekend of showing land in the northern end of Keweenaw County. Some properties are only accessible by snowmobile this time of year, but I’m always ready for an adventure. I hope that you are staying warm!

February 8th, 2011. I got both of my land division applications approved, so we can move towards closing on a couple of deals. Today I also made progress towards listing a very productive rental house in Houghton. Landon continues to grow quickly. Now he has started pulling himself up to a standing position whenever he feels like it. I lowered his mattress in the crib all the way down so he can’t climb out. It is going to seem strange when he starts walking. Have a nice day!

February 7th, 2011. In Michigan, we were all back to work today. I’m guessing that many people in Wisconsin may have taken the morning off. We officially closed on ‘Ye Ole Cottage Shop’ in Copper Harbor, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. So here is my new residential listing with sunset views over Torch Lake. This house is spotless, and shows very well. Tonight I went out to fill the deer feeder, and the cold temperatures have it acting up again, even though I have ran electric heat to it. I guess I’ll just have to feed them manually until we get out of these single digit temperatures. Hope your week is off to a great start!

February 6th, 2011. Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers! I know that many of you are fans. This weekend we got the deal together on my cabin/acreage listing, so congrats to the seller. You’ve probably noticed that I finally got the ‘Donate’ feature up and running underneath the deer cam. If you check out the ‘Help feed a U.P. deer’ link on the left, you’ll see that there is another method to donate this year. If you don’t wish to use the ‘Donate’ button, you can simply call Erickson’s Feed & Seed, and purchase deer pellets right over the phone, tell them it is for me, and they will hold them for me. Just shoot me an e-mail if you do it that way, and I’ll know to go pick up the pellets. It feels good to help these deer make it through our brutal winters. Time for another busy week, and congrats to you Packer Fans!

February 3rd, 2011. It was a pretty nice day today. Temps in the high 20′s seem warm this time of year. I had lots to do in the office today. I prepared for a closing tomorrow, completed two different land division applications, and I still have two deals in the works that I’m still trying to get together. Tonight I went out and listed a very nice house near Lake Linden with beautiful views. I’ll load it onto the MLS in the morning. Here is a new 10 acre parcel just outside of Ewen. It also available as 20 acres. Do you have plans for the Super Bowl? You can answer that by voting on the newest poll question. Have a great day!

February 2nd, 2011. Today was a paperwork day. We officially got the deal together on the 10 acres near Tapiola, so congrats to all involved. I started in on a land division application for the property I’m selling in Sherman Township, and also entered in a couple of new land listings near Ewen. I saw on the news today that many areas south of here are really getting pounded with nasty weather. I hope that everybody was able to stay safe. Drive slow!

February 1st, 2011. January is here and gone, and was a great month. My showing in Skanee today got cancelled, so I decided to try out my new snowmobile. I drove it out to my timber harvest today, to check on everything out there. Everything looks great, and the deer are taking advantage of all the fallen tops. It is nice to be helping the deer through the winter. I ended up driving the sled about 50 miles today, and it performed great. It was especially good in the deep powder, which is what I was looking for. I’ve also received a couple of e-mails recently, asking how people can donate to help feed the deer again this winter. I’ll get it set back up on the website soon, with a new twist this year. Have a great day!

January 31st, 2011. Today was my third day in a row with a new purchase agreement. We received an offer on a cabin with 10 acres that I have listed. We are currently working on coming to an agreement. I also got the offer accepted on the deal I wrote yesterday, so congrats to Bill and Gene. I found the type of snowmobile that I was looking for this morning, and bought it. I’m looking forward to taking it riding once I get the time. I hope that your week is off to good start!

January 30th, 2011. If the first month of 2011 is any indication of how the rest of the year will be for real estate, we are in for a great year. Saturday I showed some acreage near Tapiola, and the buyer ended up writing a cash offer. Sunday I snowshoed some acreage in Keweenaw county with a different buyer, and he also ended up writing a cash offer. It sure is nice to have this much action in January. Other than that I went to the Michigan Tech vs Wisconsin Badgers hockey game on Saturday night, but Michigan Tech just didn’t seem to be on the same level as the Badgers. I hope you had a great weekend.

January 28th, 2011. Today we officially got the deal together on the 120 acre parcel with Sturgeon River, so congrats to my sellers. The real estate buyers are very active right now. I just got another call tonight for a vacant land showing on Sunday. We had some friends over to our house for dinner tonight, and had a good time. Have yourself a great weekend!

January 27th, 2011. This morning I opened up the office, and real estate keeps rolling on. I received an offer today on this 120 acre listing with Sturgeon River frontage. I’m confident that we will get the deal together. You may have noticed some new cords on the side of the deer feeder on the ‘deer cam’. Once I figured out that the electronics just don’t function properly in the freezing temps, I ordered a small heater pad designed for warming up car batteries in cold climates. So far is seems to be working like a charm. The feeder has been dispensing the feed as it should be. I did put my snowmobile on the market, check out pic of the day.

January 26th, 2011. Everybody in the office seems very busy for this time of year. Here is the house in Ewen that we currently have under contract. I need to get some pics of my snowmobile, which I am going to sell. I’ve had it for about 4 years, and I’m ready to try something new. I’ll post some pics on here once I finally get around to it. Maybe you or somebody you know will be interested? Have a terrific Thursday!

January 25th, 2011. I forgot to mention that we recently closed on the lake view lots in Centennial Heights, so congrats to Bob on that purchase. It looks like the deal on the Ontonagon county house is coming together, so that is great news. Tonight I looked at a potential listing near Lake Linden, and it turned out to be a very nice house with a view of Torch Lake. Here is the nice house I recently listed in Sylvan Estates. This is a great neighborhood, and the house is very, very nice. Have a nice day!

January 24th, 2011. This morning I entered my new house listing in Sylvan Estates onto the MLS. I’m still working on the two offers that I wrote this weekend. Lots of action on the bear den cam. Last I knew there was the adult sow Lily, and her cub from last year sharing the den. Now apparently Lily has had cubs already! That makes four bears in the same den! Also, some experts are listening to heartbeats, etc., and think that it is possible that there may be a third cub. That is going to be a busy den. By the way, I hope you have checked out the new ‘live chat’ link, I have already enjoyed chatting with those of you that have checked in. Take Care!

January 23rd, 2011. I know that many of you are excited that the Green Bay Packers have made it to the Super Bowl. Now that the Lions are out, I’m cheering for them as well. Saturday I had showings in Ontonagon County, and ended up writing an offer on a house, as well as some vacant land. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the offers accepted right away this week. If you look on the left, you’ll notice a new link “Chat Live With Josh”. When I am logged into the website (which is pretty often), you’ll be able to chat with me, as well as each other. When I’m not logged on, it will simply say that I’m offline. I made it very easy for you, there is no need to register or anything, just type in your first name, and start chatting. I look forward to talking with you about real estate, the outdoors, or whatever. There is also a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great week!

January 20th, 2011. We have lots of fresh snowfall, and much more to come. I checked out the MLS statistics, and I was #1 in land sales for the entire U.P. in both the number of sales, and in overall volume. I really want to thank those of you who I’ve done business with this last year, and in years passed. I also hope to work with many more of you in the future. I really enjoy what I do, and I think that anybody who has looked at real estate with me can notice that. I’m currently working on a few price reductions, to give extra incentive to those people considering buying this winter. Winter is a great time to find that perfect piece of land. I’ve got an extra pair of snowshoes waiting for you. Have a great weekend!

January 19th, 2011. The sun actually peeked out for a few minutes today, which was nice. I know that many of you on here have been watching the bear den cam, and if you haven’t, be sure to take a look at it. Justin flew back to Atlanta today, and I got back to work. We officially closed on two of my listings on Silver Road, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. I’ve been having a few issues again with my deer feeder for the ‘deer cam’. When the temperatures get this low, the electronics just can’t seem to function to disperse the food, even with new batteries. We are going to look at running conventional power to the feeder, and using some ‘heat tape’ to see if we can get it to function more consistently. In the meantime, I just have to keep making trips out to manually feed the deer. Take Care!

January 18th, 2011. The snow just keeps on falling. Today I took Justin up to Copper Harbor, where we went to lunch, and visited some friends. There were quite a few snowmobilers up there, considering that it was Tuesday, and it is extremely cold out. I verbally struck a deal on one of my properties in Skanee today, and will mail out a purchase agreement tomorrow. Have a great day!

January 17th, 2011. It was a nice snowy morning in the northwoods. Justin and I stayed out at the cabin last night. I really like it out there in the winter. I spent some time in the office today, scheduling some appointments for this weekend. We also went out to my timber harvest today, and everything is looking great. Winter is really the ideal time for logging operations. I hope that your week is off to a great start.

January 16th, 2011. Brr! Temps in the single digits. I actually just returned from being in Phoenix for a few days. The weather was very nice out there, usually around 70 and sunny everyday. It is good to be back in Michigan, I’ve got closings to get ready for this week. My friend Justin is up from Atlanta for a few days as well. Have a great week!

January 13th, 2011. I hope that your week is going well. I’m getting ready for three upcoming closings. I’m also looking forward to my friend Justin arriving from Atlanta for a few days. I recently dropped the price on this lot on Lake Medora, which is one of the nicest lakes in the U.P. I’m hoping to get out ice fishing sometime yet this winter. I did get the snowmobile going, which is a good first step. Take Care!

January 11th, 2011. Real estate is off to a pretty busy start this year. I’m getting lots of buyer inquiries, and have four upcoming closings. I have some great new listings that will be hitting the market soon. I think many buyers are trying to take advantage of the interest rates while they are still so low. I know of a buy that somebody should take advantage of. Here is a great deal on some waterfront just south of Houghton. Have a great day!

January 7th, 2011. Snow, snow, and more snow! Plenty of cars went in the ditch tonight, so hopefully there were no serious accidents. The snow keeps coming down, and the roads are slippery. We finally had our State Wide Office Christmas Party tonight, and a good time was had by all. Now I need to get to bed because I have a showing in Copper Harbor in the morning. I hope that the roads are decent by then. Have a great weekend!

January 6th, 2011. Did you check out the Bear Den Cam? It is pretty fun to watch. Today was mostly an office day, except for showing a house on Portage Street in Houghton. Later in the afternoon I made a trip to keep the deer fed. It was really cold out today! The deer up here sure live through some harsh winter conditions. I hope that your Friday goes well.

January 5th, 2011. Guess what!? The bear den cam that was so popular last winter is back online! You can click here, but for future reference you’ll be able to use the link on the left under ‘Webcams’. Very cool webcam. Today was very productive. We officially got a purchase agreement together for the ‘Ye Ole Cottage Shop’ up in Copper Harbor, so congrats to everybody involved. I got caught up today, and it feels great to be back on top of things. Enjoy the Bear Den Cam!

January 4th, 2011. It feels great to be home! The roads were pretty good today, especially for this time of year. Landon did about as well as could be expected for an infant riding in a car for 8 hours. Now it is time to catch up on e-mails that I wasn’t able to fully respond to over the last few days. I hope that everybody had a good 2010, and I hope that 2011 is even better. I was looking up sales statistics on our MLS, and I sold more in 2010 than I did in 2009, and it looks like that I’ll be #1 in the U.P. again for vacant land. Thank you very much to all of you that I have done business with. I feel very thankful to be making a living in a challenging real estate market. Lets make it a great year!

January 1st, 2011. Happy New Year! Right now we are still in lower Michigan, in Reed City at the moment. We are at a nursing home visiting my great grandmother Mabelle, who just celebrated her 102nd birthday, and is doing very well. They had a computer here at the facility, and I had a few extra minutes, so I thought I’d check in. I’ve been getting several e-mails about properties, as well as voicemails while I’ve been down here, so I’ve been answering them as fast as I can, with limited internet and cell access. I’ve learned in my job, if I want buyers to start calling, all I need to do is leave town, it seems like that is always the way it goes, lol! Anyhow, we have more people to visit while we are down here, and then hopefully we’ll have good roads when we had back early this week. Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

December 29th, 2010. Today was busy and very productive. This morning I drove up to Copper Harbor for a couple of showings. I ended up writing a cash offer on one of my listings, and the sellers plan to accept it, so that is great news. In the afternoon, we finally closed on a very large waterfront property on Lake Superior that I have been trying to sell for nearly three years. Congratulations to the sellers, I appreciate your patience on that one. The property was sold with a Conservation Easement, which means that the entire shoreline (over 1/4 mile) will always remain intact, and never be divided up and split, which is happening fast along our shores. Great sale. Now Melissa and I are finishing up our packing for heading to the family farm tomorrow. I will check in when I get a chance down there, but ‘pic of the day’, and everything else will be updated daily. Have a great ‘New Year’s'!

December 28th, 2010. Another nice day in the Keweenaw. I’ve been getting a few e-mails from potential buyers looking for property, which is always nice. I’ve also been getting many nice e-mails from new visitors who are enjoying the website. Tonight we met up with a large group of friends at the Ambassador for pizza, and now I’m ready for a busy day tomorrow. Hope you have a great day!

December 27th, 2010. It was a beautiful day here in the western U.P. The temps were somewhat warm, and it was nice and sunny. I spent the morning in the office, working on some strategies to get some of my listings sold this winter. In the afternoon I went out to fill the deer feeder and change the battery. While I was doing it, a buck approached me, and eventually got within 5 yards of me. Check out ‘pic of the day’ to see the culprit. I really enjoy helping to get these deer through the winter. Take care!

December 26th, 2010. Hopefully everybody out there had a great weekend. We’re ready for a short week of work, and then we’ll be heading out to visit my family later in the week. I still have some showings and a closing this week before I take off. If you have any nice pics for ‘pic of the day’, please e-mail them to me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com. Thank you!

December 24th, 2010. Happy holidays from the Stein family!

December 23rd, 2010. The U.P. roadways are getting busier, as people are starting to travel for the holidays. Some are heading out, some are heading in, most to be with family and friends. Pictures for the ‘buck pole’ keep rolling in, and I keep posting them for all of you hunters out there to enjoy. We had Christmas Party Part One with the in-laws tonight, and enjoyed a good dinner. I guess tomorrow I might as well do a little shopping. Happy Holidays!

December 22nd, 2010. Today we finalized and sent out the closing statements for an extra large waterfront parcel I’m selling in Baraga County. Tonight we went up to Copper Harbor for an annual Christmas Party with several local friends up there. If you live in Copper Harbor, you pretty much live as far ‘up north’ as you can get in Michigan. We had a delicious dinner with prime rib, ham, and plenty of other sides and snacks. I’m sure we’ll all gain a few pounds over the next couple of weeks. Have a good day!

December 21st, 2010. I probably better start thinking about Christmas shopping soon. This morning I put some more corn in the deer feeder, as well as some of the special deer pellets that give deer what they need to make it through the winter. I mentioned that one of the bucks had dropped an antler, and this morning I found it on the ground beneath the feeder. By the way, we just reduced the price on this 61 acre parcel right in the City of Houghton! This is one of the last undeveloped properties in town. It borders up to Wal-mart, as well as the Copper Country Mall. Take Care!

December 20th, 2010. I noticed on the deer cam today that one of the usual bucks has dropped an antler. This is about the time of year when bucks will start shedding their antlers. Speaking of deer on the deer cam, there is a new “poll question” for you to vote on. I spent the day in the office, getting caught up, and getting ready for an upcoming closing. It was a beautiful day out, still pretty cold, but it is always nice to see the sun shining up here in the winter. Melissa had to work late tonight, so I got to pick up Landon from daycare, and feed him tonight, which was quite the messy affair, but fun. I hope your Monday was a good one.

December 19th, 2010. Saturday morning I looked at a very nice house that I will be listing in Sylvan Estates in Hancock. Today I was really excited when my Detroit Lions won their second straight game, and it was their first win on the road since 2007! Landon is growing like a weed, and crawling all over the place. We are lucky to have such a laughing, smiling, happy baby. I’ve got plenty of work to get done this week before all of the holiday action. Hope you had a nice weekend!

December 17th, 2010. The snow if falling pretty heavy tonight. It was slow going driving back from the cabin. This morning I had a good showing on my 20 acre listing near Mass City, and then I also ended up showing the buyers a parcel of land near Bergland as well. The buyers said that they had called four different real estate agents, as they wanted to look at land this weekend, and I was the only one who called them back. Now I’m getting ready for a listing appointment tomorrow morning in Hancock. Have a fantastic weekend!

December 16th, 2010. Today I got a legal description for a 40 acre parcel that I will be listing near Ontonagon. I also made an appointment to show 20 acres near Mass City tomorrow. It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here already. I usually do my shopping the day before. Have a nice Friday!

December 15th, 2010. Good news today. I’ve been working on a large waterfront deal for quite some time now, and we finally have it nailed down to close before the end of the year. Congrats to the sellers and buyer. My friend that helped me frame in the walls for the cabin a few years ago is up here visiting, and he hasn’t seen the cabin since it was just plywood. We went out there today, and it was fun for him to see the finished product. We finally got back the results from the DNR wildlife biologist aging my buck, and he ended up being 5.5 years old, which is very old for a Michigan deer. The ‘buck pole’ pics from other hunters keep rolling in, I’ll try to keep posting them as soon as possible. Take Care!

December 14th, 2010. Today we got the deal together for a nice parcel of land in Skanee, so congrats to Kent! I’d like to extend a welcome to some of you that are new visitors because of the TV6 story last night. After the episode aired, I’ve received lots of nice e-mails from people that have never visited the site before. I hope you will check everything out and enjoy it. There has been lots of activity on the deer webcam, including some bucks hanging around throughout the day. Have a great day!

December 13th, 2010. Single digit temps made for a cold day. I’ve got four deals in the works that I’m trying to wrap up before the end of the year. Other than that, it has been somewhat quiet. I’ve noticed this every year since I’ve started real estate. When you get this close to the holidays, people have lots of other things on their mind, other than buying real estate. The good news is that we often see a flurry of activity after the turn of the year. Right now lots of my friends are getting ready to tune into TV6 to watch the story of my buck on “Discovering”. There was also an article in the Detroit Free Press, so I got quite a few e-mails from people that read it. Thank you for all of the congratulations. Try to stay warm!

December 10th, 2010. The holidays are approaching quickly! Here is the new listing near L’anse. The property has 110 acres, a pole building, two cottages, and more. One of the obvious keys to marketing properties, is maximizing the exposure. My listing are already networked to well over 30 websites, that I know of, and now I will be able to more than double the exposure. I’ve signed up with an agreement with ‘Lands of America’, and my listings will now reach more websites than ever. Would you like your property to be accessible from websites such as “Field & Stream”, “Outdoor Life”, “Overstock.com”, “Wal-Mart”, and many, many more? List with me! Here is the complete list of the new added network. I’m always looking for more ways to find that perfect buyer for your property. Have a great weekend!

December 9th, 2010. It was really cold this morning! I went down to L’anse where I listed a 110 acre parcel with a nice cabin. I should have the details posted on here tomorrow. I sent out to purchase agreements today, one for the 2.5 acre parcel in Skanee, and one for three lakeview lots in northern Houghton county. Tonight Melissa’s sister watched Landon for a couple hours, and we went over to Ross and Amanda’s house for dinner and a board game. Have a great Friday!

December 8th, 2010. Have you ever been to the Calumet Theatre? If you haven’t, you should! It is beautiful, and has deep history. Right now, it is in the running for a $250,000 grant from Pepsi to replace the leaking, deteriorated roof. All you need to do is vote! Click here, and then click on the icon that says ‘vote for this idea’. It will only take you 5 seconds, and can really help an important landmark here in the Keweenaw. Thank you!

December 7th, 2010. Snow and cold, winter is definitely here to stay. I’ve got a couple of deals in the works that I’m still trying to get together. Later today I met up with Buck Lavasseur from TV6 to do the interview with my deer. It went well. I showed him my website and videos, and he really liked them. He will be posting my website address on the episode next Monday, so that should be good for site traffic. If you enjoy the site, please share a link with a friend. Have a good day!

December 6th, 2010. Lake effect snow is really hitting us right now, it has been snowing pretty much all day and all night. I heard that in some areas near Marquette they got about 18 inches. I spent most of the day getting caught up in the office. Pics and videos of my big buck have been circulating around the internet, and created a minor stir, which is kind of neat. I talked with a guy from the Detroit Free Press today, and Buck Lavasseur from TV6 is coming out tomorrow to interview me with the deer to broadcast on his “Discovering” show on NBC. Fun stuff. Anyhow, try to stay warm, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

December 5th, 2010. Friday night we had a good time at Melissa’s work Christmas Party. Saturday night I sat out in the cold snow and got a 15 point buck. Feel free to check out the hunting journal for more details. I’m a happy camper!

December 2nd, 2010. Today was cold and snowy, just the way I like it. We had a closing today, so congrats to James and Camille. In the afternoon I was out in the woods all day, making last minute preparations for muzzleloader season. Soon, the snow will be too deep to get a vehicle near some of my spots. I’ve updated the ‘hunting journal’, so check that out if you like. I hope you are having a great week!

December 1st, 2010. I spent the day in the office, and got a lot done. I’m looking forward to getting the paperwork back to get a riverfront cabin on the market. I don’t know if any of you have seen this ‘Elf Yourself’ program from Office Max, but it is pretty funny. I made a christmas clip of Melissa, Landon and I, and it is pretty hilarious. Check it out here. Happy holidays!

November 30th, 2010. Bring in December! Today was the last day of firearm deer season in Michigan. I hunted with my cousin Marcus today, and he left for home tonight. Time for me to get back to work. I agreed to terms on a new listing tonight, I will get the paperwork going tomorrow. Landon seems to be feeling better, and Melissa and I are still coughing occasionally, but definitely improving. Have a nice day!

November 29th, 2010. Can you believe that it is almost December? Not too much work to do today, my cousin Marcus is still up, and we hunted nearly all day, so I answered e-mails on my iPhone from out in the woods. We saw 61 deer today! It was crazy. Sorry that I haven’t updated the hunting journal, but I will probably tomorrow night. Gotta get to bed, we’re getting up at 5:00 am.

November 28th, 2010. We’ve had some nice cold weather, and I like it. Cousin Marcus drove up through some bad roads, but made it safely. We stayed out at the cabin, and did some hunting. Are you ready for Christmas? Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m sure you are hearing plenty of Holiday ads on TV. Melissa already did a little shopping on ‘Black Friday’. Time for another week!

November 26th, 2010. How was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully everybody ate well and had a good time. We really got snow and wind last night, and I spent a long time today digging out and cleaning off our vehicles. My cousin Marcus is on his way up here right now to visit for a few days. He may end up staying the night in Munising, as the weather is really bad coming across the U.P. Enjoy your weekend, and drive carefully!

November 24th, 2010. This morning I prepared a counter offer for a deal we are working on for two of my Silver River listing near L’anse. After lunch I fixed the webcam, you may have noticed that it was down. I did see a few deer on it today around 5:00, so that was cool. I went hunting tonight, and posted a video, so check out the ‘hunting journal’. I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2010. We have snow! We woke up to quite a bit of it this morning. I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries on land lately, which is great. Today I mailed out a purchase agreement for this acreage outside of Lake Linden, I know that a few of you have been watching this one. For those of you traveling for Thanksgiving, be safe, and enjoy visiting family/friends. We will be having dinner with Melissa’s family at her Uncle’s house. They always have a very good meal, and I’ll also watch the Lions lose to the Patriots. Take Care!

November 22nd, 2010. We had some really yucky freezing rain today, so if you are out and about in the Keweenaw, please drive carefully. Also, you ever notice how the first big snow storm of the year seems to have the most accidents? Don’t forget to totally change your driving habits for the winter weather. Also, I know that the deer cam was kind of hit or miss for a couple of days, but it seems to be better now, and hopefully it will stay that way. Now I just need deer to start showing up during daylight hours so we can watch them. That should pick up as soon as we start getting significant snowfall. Have a nice day!

November 21st, 2010. Still sick! Melissa and I are both on antibiotics, and can’t wait to start feeling good again! Little Landon hasn’t been feeling so hot either. It will be a short week of work, with Thanksgiving on Thursday. If you are a deer hunter, be sure to check out ‘the buck pole’, as I’ve added several new pics sent in by successful hunters. And don’t forget, I’m also always looking for ‘pics of the day’, so keep them coming!

November 18th, 2010. I got quite a bit done today. I was in Jacobsville first thing in the morning, taking a sign down for a property that I just sold. After that, I stopped in at the timber harvest that I’m managing near Lake Linden. Everything is off to a good start. After that, I checked out a potential new listing on the Traprock River. At 3:00 today we closed on the 20 acre parcel on Bootjack Road, so congrats to Caleb and Marci. I finally went to the doctor tonight, and I have some sort of bacterial bronchitis, or something like that. Anyhow, I’ll get some antibiotics in the morning, and hopefully I can shake this thing. This week went by fast!

November 17th, 2010. Today I finally left the cabin and made it back home. It felt good to shave my face and clean up. I had to closings wrap up via mail, so congrats to Mario, as well as John on their recent purchases. I spent the rest of the day in the office, closing out those files, and getting caught up on random paperwork. I made myself a lenghty list of things that I need to get done tomorrow. It should be a busy day. Also, check out ‘the hunting journal’ for the latest deer video. Take Care!

November 16th, 2010. I’m tired of being sick. I can’t stop coughing and hacking, so I’ll probably go to the doctor tomorrow to see if I need anti-biotics or whatever. I’ve been trying to hunt the last couple of days, but haven’t been seeing too much. Time to get caught up with work, as I have three closings this week, and am exciting about putting a new house onto the market. Have a good day!

November 14th, 2010. Good luck to all of those heading out in the woods on Monday, and be safe!

November 12th, 2010. By the way, we did get the deal together on the property on the Silver River. I also got a deal together today for the 6 acre parcel near Jacobsville. Today I got a listing agreement signed for a large house in Houghton. I’m looking forward to getting it on the market. Melissa is on her way back from Marquette from a shopping spree (hopefully not to much of one). Just kidding, she is pretty frugal. I have seriously been fighing a cold for almost a month, I don’t know what is going on. I’ve been coughing all day. To all of you heading out to camp or in the woods for rifle season, good luck and be safe!

November 11th, 2010. The unseasonably warm temperatures continue. Considering that we had such an early spring, and no snow yet this fall, we’ve certainly went longer than usual without snow on the ground this year. Today I made a few preparations for rifle season, and then went bowhunting for the rest of the evening. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Enjoy your Friday!

November 10th, 2010. Today was all work and no play. This morning I had a listing appointment for a house in Houghton. Everything went well, we just need to figure out an appropriate asking price, and it should be on the market soon. In the afternoon we signed some papers in advance of a closing happening next Monday. Later tonight, I had a second showing on my house listing in Lake Linden. Second showings are always a good thing. We’ll see where it goes from here. Enjoy the rest of the week!

November 9th, 2010. I’m pretty sure that it hit 60 degrees in many areas today. We are still counter offering back and forth on the Silver River property. Today we finalized the closing statements for two upcoming closings. Now it is just a matter of signing and cutting checks. I made appointments for a potential listing, as well as showing tomorrow. Landon has come down with his first cold, which isn’t surprising, as Melissa and I have both been sick. Other than being stuffy, he still seems pretty happy. I hope that your week is going well!

November 8th, 2010. Today was very warm for November. I was up and out in the woods bright and early this morning. I have a 160 acre timber harvest starting up near Lake Linden. I got all of the property lines marked, and well as designating some specific cutting areas. Later in the day I ended up receiving an offer on my vacant 10 acre listing on the Silver River near L’anse. I’m thinking we should have no problem getting the deal together. I did go hunting tonight, and got some nice footage. After waiting 70 minutes for my HD video to upload to YouTube, the upload all of the sudden failed. This means that I have to start over, and I’m not sure I’ll be staying up to wait for it. Keep checking the Hunting Journal, and I’ll post the video as soon as I can get it to load. Have a great day!

November 7th, 2010. Saturday morning I had a showing on this waterfront home in Lake Linden that is getting lots of activity. It is priced very aggressively, but needs plenty of remodeling on the inside. Whoever is willing to do the work will be able to get a great deal. Saturday night I went hunting. I posted some video footage on the Hunting Journal, so be sure to check that out. Today was spent up at the in-laws to celebrate my belated birthday, as well as my Mother-in-law’s bday. I also sighted in my rifle while I was up there, in preparation for firearm season which opens November 15th. My Detroit Lions broke my heart today, losing in overtime. It was horrible. Anyhow, I plan on getting up bright and early tomorrow, as I have lots of work to do, and I hope to get it all done in time to go hunting. I hope you remember to set your clocks back!

November 5th, 2010. Today I checked the trail cameras on a few of my hunting spots, and there are some nice bucks making appearances at a couple of the spots. Tonight I went hunting, and it was very cold. I saw some deer, and got some footage, but I won’t have time to post a new video until Sunday night. I’m getting my stuff around for a showing tomorrow morning. Enjoy your weekend!

November 4th, 2010. They are calling for snow tonight, and I hope that we get it. After my Dentist Appt this morning, I prepared statements for two upcoming closings. I’ve still been fighting a cold, and I really felt run down today. I took a nap, which is usually impossible for me, and even decided not to go hunting tonight, so you know I must not feel good! Let is snow!

November 3rd, 2010. This morning we had Landon’s 6 month check up. He is over 17 lbs now, and healthy in every way. I just successfully rocked him to sleep, which was fun. My showings today went well, now I’m just getting some questions answered for my buyer. I have a property that you need to see. This six acre property near Jacobsville has been reduced to $7500! Quite a price reduction from $17,900. The property is nice and dry, and has blacktop road frontage, power, phone, and lots of wildlife. This is the best deal I know of right now. I’ve actually talked to the seller, and if nobody buys this over the next few weeks, I will probably personally purchase it myself. Anyhow, this is a great opportunity for somebody. Have a nice day!

November 2nd, 2010. Today was my friend Gary’s last day up here. We hung out at the cabin, and went hunting in the evening. Now I’m getting ready to play catch up tomorrow. I have two showings scheduled for tomorrow as well. I made it back to town tonight, just in time to vote. I hope you were able to vote as well. I’m also looking forward to not getting political ads in mailbox every single day. If we listened to those ads, we’d never be able to vote for anybody! Talk to you tomorrow.

November 1st, 2010. November is here! This is a great time of year, I hope that we get some snow soon. I spent the morning in the office, getting paperwork rolling for a couple of upcoming closings. I was supposed to have showings in the afternoon, but my buyer was a no-show. In my job, I get stood up several times a year. Oh well. I went hunting tonight, and saw a 6 pointer, and that was about it. Right now I have a delicious snack tray of crackers, cheese, and salami in front of me, and I’m going to enjoy some Monday Night Football. Happy November!

October 31st, 2010. I hope that everybody had a good weekend. My friend Gary and I stayed at the cabin, and got in a couple of hunts. I videotaped a real nice buck on Friday night, so be sure to check out ‘The Hunting Journal’ to see the video. Today was my 31st birthday. I had a showing on my house listing in Lake Linden, and then we went out to get my free birthday dinner at the Ramada. We also went bowling at the Mine Shaft, which was fun. I actually beat Melissa one game, which hardly ever happens. She is really good. Anyhow, I think I’m supposed to be showing properties all day tomorrow, but I haven’t heard back from the guy to confirm. Have a great week!

October 28th, 2010. It is pretty cold out right now, and supposed to be in the 20′s tonight. Today we finished up some projects on the tower deer blind. We carpeted it, and insulated the walls. Gary arrived tonight, and we had a nice dinner of venison and pork that was in the slow cooker all day. I’m actually feeling under the weather right now. I started feeling like I was getting a cold over the last couple of days, and I guess now I have one for sure. I’m kind of surprised since I just got over being sick a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully this one doesn’t last long. Take Care!

October 27th, 2010. I saw something today that I haven’t seen in awhile….snow! It didn’t stick to the ground, but when I was up in Calumet this morning, there were pretty large snowflakes coming down. The winds last night put many areas out of power. I was reading about it in the newspaper, and it said many long term power company employees said that it was the highest amount of outages and damage that they had ever seen. We actually never lost power at our house. Today we offically got a deal together on 10 acres near Skanee, so congrats to the newlyweds, Mario and Stephanie! I got as much as I could wrapped up at the office today, since my buddy Gary is supposed to finally be arriving sometime tomorrow. Hopefully the weather straightens up soon. Have a nice day!

October 26th, 2010. It was windy today, but nothing too serious yet. They are still calling for nasty winds yet overnight, so we’ll see what happens. I can see a couple of deer on the webcam right now as I’m typing this. Today was pretty uneventful, my friend Gary isn’t coming up until the weather clears up, which should hopefully be by Thursday or Friday. I know some people don’t like to hear this, but I’m actually looking forward to getting some snow. Talk to you tomorrow!

October 25th, 2010. Today is supposed to be the calm before the storm. We are supposed to get some severe winds, some say worse than the winds that sunk the “Edmund Fitzgerald”. We’ll see what happens. This morning we officially got the deal together on the Lake Superior View parcel on Tamarack Waterworks Road, so congrats to the buyer and sellers involved. I’m also very close to getting a deal together on a 10 acre parcel near Skanee, which is a beautiful property. I went out hunting tonight, and just got home. Time for dinner. Hopefully the storm isn’t too bad!

October 24th, 2010. This weekend seemed to go by pretty fast. I have a couple of new deals that I’m hoping to get together by tomorrow. Today it pretty much rained all day, so we didn’t do too much. I’m looking forward to Gary getting up here sometime this week. For those of you that sent in some pics for ‘pic of the day’, THANK YOU!

October 22nd, 2010. How was your Friday? I closed down the office tonight, and then we had our friends Ross and Amanda over for dinner and some card games. I also ended up getting an offer tonight on one of my Keweenaw county listings, so hopefully we can get that together by tomorrow. This weekend I’m getting ready for my friend Gary to arrive sometime on Monday. We hope to do lots of hunting next week. Also, here is a new five acre listing in Skanee. We already sold one next to this, and now we are offering this one. Enjoy your weekend!

October 21st, 2010. Today was pretty chilly out, but it is supposed to warm up a bit tomorrow. In the morning I entered in a new five acre listing near Skanee. Later in the afternoon it was quite windy, but with the cold temperatures, I was pretty anxious to go hunting. By the way, I know you have some nice scenic pics on your computer, so why not e-mail one to me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com ? It is hard to keep up with ‘Pic of the Day’, so anything you can e-mail me would be appreciated. Plus, it is fun to see pics from other places as well. Have a nice Friday!

October 20th, 2010. This morning I finished up a timber sale contract that I have been working on. The project should start some time in mid-November, which means I have a lot of property lines that I need to get marked. I talked with a buyer for some time today, and he is booking a flight to come see a bunch of properties with me in a couple of weeks. I’ve also gotten two website requests on this lake view parcel near Calumet today. At this new price, this may end up being the buy of the year. Have a nice day!

October 19th, 2010. Today we finalized the paperwork for a sale of some vacant land in Baraga county. Now we just need the signatures to come back. I didn’t have too much else on my plate today, which was nice, so I ran some errands, and got some ‘winterizing’ done around the house. Today I ordered a new deer feeder, so once it arrives, I’ll be putting it on the ‘deer cam’, which should increase the wildlife sightings even more as we get closer to winter. I hope you are enjoying the site, if you are please e-mail a link to a friend. Cya!

October 18th, 2010. I forgot to mention that last Friday we closed on a five acre parcel in Skanee, so congrats to Brian and Cassi! I got my work done in time to go hunting tonight, and it was a cool, beautiful fall evening. You may notice a change in the lower portion of the home page. I cleaned it up a bit, and created a large, easy to use “Search MLS” icon. No matter who has a property listed in the western U.P., you can find it on this site. I had to take the ‘poll question’ off of the home page, as it was causing some conflicts/problems with the rest of the page. However, you can still view and vote on the poll question by clicking the link on the left. Speaking of that, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

October 17th, 2010. How was your weekend? Saturday morning I met with a buyer so we could try and find a way to close a deal that has been in the works for quite some time now. Saturday night Melissa’s Mom watched Landon overnight, so Melissa and I had a ‘date night’. We had a nice dinner at ‘Gemignani’s', and then simply decided to go home, watch T.V., and relax. Sunday morning we went out to breakfast at the Kaleva Cafe in Hancock, and it was really good! Sunday night I went hunting, and saw a decent buck right at dark. Check out ‘The Hunting Journal’ for the story and a video clip. By the way, here is a new 80 acre parcel that is fantastic deer hunting. Time for another beautiful October week!

October 15th, 2010. This morning I had a showing in Lake Linden, and then later showings in Calumet, Ahmeek, and Centennial Heights. This lake view lot in Centennial Heights is very affordable. As the leaves start to fall, so do some of the real estate prices, making it a great time to buy. This nice lot on Lake Medora just came down $10,000! Tonight Melissa, Landon, and I went out to dinner with our friend Janelle. Landon did pretty well, he ended up snoozing through most of our dinner. Have a great weekend!

October 14th, 2010. Today I covered over 200 miles listing and showing properties. I took pics and put up signs on a new 80 acre listing near Herman. I then showed properties in Skanee, Pelkie, Mass City, and Ontonagon. I got back to the office late, and scheduled some more showings for tomorrow morning. By the way, check out this big price drop on this property overlooking Lake Superior. This is getting to be a steal, somebody needs to buy it. Time to get some sleep. Cya!

October 13th, 2010. I woke up feeling a little better today, so that was good. I’m getting ready for many miles of driving, and lots of showings over the next couple of days. This morning I went up to Copper Harbor to take down some signs, as well as put up new ones. In the afternoon I went out hunting, so check out ‘the hunting journal’ for details and a video. I worked forever on my computer tonight, getting my movie making softward to let me publish ‘HD’ videos, so be sure to enjoy them. Have a nice day!

October 12th, 2010. I got a lot done today despite not feeling well. I’ve been under the weather for quite a few days now, and didn’t feel much better today. I got caught up in the office, and made many appointments through the remainder of the week. I have another interesting new listing. This is a 120 acre hunting/fishing parcel with Sturgeon River frontage, and is being offered for $69,500. I’m going to get some good sleep tonight, and hopefully feel better in the morning, since I have a busy week left. Hope your week is going well!

October 11th, 2010. We are back home! It was a long drive today, but it feels great to be home. Our grandparent’s anniversary party was a big success. We were able to visit with lots of friends and relatives, and everybody really enjoyed seeing Landon. That kid is all smiles, and hardly ever cries. By the way, I’ve had quite a few e-mails over the years complaining that they are not able to visit www.joshsteinland.com on their ‘smart-phones’. It used to automatically take you to a mobile MLS search site, which would not allow you to check out the normal features of the main site (journal, pic of the day, webcams, etc). Problem solved! You are now able to visit the site from your cell phone, and check out all of the normal features. Also, here is one of my new listings, a huge parcel of Lake Superior frontage with a mobile home and big garage. Check it out here. Anyhow, it is great to be home, and I have lots of catching up to do starting now. Have a great week!

October 7th, 2010. We made it! We are now in Lower Michigan. We originally only planned on driving part of the way Wednesday night, but since Landon was doing so good, we drove all the way and made it to the family farm about 11:30 pm. We are at my Mom’s house right now letting her visit with Landon. Tonight I am going bowhunting with my brother at his property, so that should be fun. This will probably be my only chance to check in, so we’ll talk to you again when we return to the Keweenaw on Monday. Have a great weekend!

October 5th, 2010. It was very warm today, pretty close to 70 in many areas. I got all of the paperwork finalized for a closing on some commercial property near Dodgeville. Tonight I went and took pics and put up signs on a waterfront home that I just listed in Lake Linden. Melissa has been busy getting packed up for our trip to Lower Michigan. We’ll be taking off tomorrow, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to update the journal again, as my family dairy farm isn’t exactly wired up for internet yet. It takes her about four days to pack, and I pack within the last 20 minutes before we leave. However, there is a lot more to remember to bring now that we’ll be traveling with Landon. Have a great day, I’ll try to check in as soon as possible!

October 4th, 2010. What a beautiful time of year. I love the temperatures, and I love the colors. I entered in a couple of new listings onto the MLS today. Melissa, Landon, and I are heading downstate later this week, so I have lots to get squared away before I go. My grandparents are having a 60th wedding anniversary party, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I hope you enjoyed the first video of the year for the hunting journal. I see there has been lots of views on it already. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great day!

October 3rd, 2010. I had a fun weekend hanging out at the cabin and doing some bowhunting. I already got a buck, so if you’d like to see some videos and pics, check out the ” hunting journal”. I’m looking forward to another season of bringing you video footage from the deep woods of the U.P. If you enjoy watching my videos, please send a link of my website to your friends. Take Care!

September 30th, 2010. My favorite month of the year is beginning. I listed a couple of new properties today. One is a 120 acre parcel near Baraga with some Sturgeon River frontage, the other is almost 600 feet of frontage on Lake Superior with a small mobile home and pole building. Here is the 40 acre hunting parcel that I listed a few days ago. I used to hunt this property, and it is phenomenal deer hunting. This property comes highly recommended for any hunters out there. Tomorrow morning is the season opener for bowseason, and I plan to be out hunting most of the day. Hopefully I’ll get some nice video footage to share with you. Hooray for October!

September 29th, 2010. Another day of lots of miles, almost 200 to be exact. I showed parcels in Tapiola, Pelkie, Mass City, and Skanee. A couple of the parcels really stood out to the buyer. All we need now is wife approval. Tonight I’m getting my hunting clothes around, I’m pretty excited for Friday. Hopefully the weather isn’t too nasty this weekend. I’m charging up my camcorders, and getting ready to bring you some footage for the hunting journal. Have a nice day!

September 28th, 2010. Lots of driving today. I had a showing near Watersmeet and Bruce Crossing, and another one near Ewen. When I got back to the office, I entered in a new listing, filled out a land division application, and got paperwork ready for another day of showings tomorrow. Here is a recent new 120 acre listing in Baraga County. Sorry for the lack of pictures. There is an issue between the websites and the MLS data, and it is only loading one of the pics on new listings, instead of all of the pics. This should be fixed within the next day or two. I’m watching Landon right now, who is getting very close to crawling. He should be mobile anytime now. Time to start ‘baby proofing’ the house!

September 27th, 2010. Busy Monday. I entered a new 120 acre listing onto the MLS. I also got the paperwork back for a fantastic 40 acre parcel that I used to hunt on near Baraga. Tonight I looked at a house in Lake Linden that I will be listing soon. At about sunset, I went out to Bootjack to put up a sign on one of my newer listings. There were several nice bucks out in the field, which was neat to watch. Right now I’m trying to catch a little bit of Monday Night Football, before I head to bed. Showings tomorrow. Cya!

September 26th, 2010. We had a pretty busy weekend. Saturday we went to a wedding in Calumet, which was a good time. Sunday we went down to the cabin, and it sure was a nice day for it. It was a nice, cool sunny day, and the colors are fantastic. I made some final preparations for archery season, which starts on Friday. Right now I’m making a list of things I need to get done for work this week. I already have lots of appointments this week, and it is going to be busy. Enjoy the last week of September!

September 24th, 2010. Lots and lots of rain. It looks like the weather should clear up in the upcoming days, however. Earlier this week we had an accepted offer on this 10 acre parcel on the Silver River. The buyers had some financial issues come up, and will not be able to qualify for financing. Now this property is available once again. We’ve been getting lots of calls/e-mails about these properties, and they really are nice. Tonight I went to a wedding rehearsal/dinner for a wedding that Melissa is standing in tomorrow. We had a nice dinner, and now we’re ready for the busy day tomorrow. I can’t believe that archery season will be here in one week. I still have lots to do, and have appointments nearly everyday this week, so I will be doing a lot of running around. Enjoy your weekend!

September 23rd, 2010. Today was pretty rainy. Marcus and I worked on some projects today. We officially got the deal together on the vacant 10 acre parcel on the Silver River, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. Here is a new 80 acre listing near Otter Lake. Later on Marcus and I went to Marquette to do a little shopping at Gander Mountain. I swear that the fall colors this year are as pretty as I’ve ever seen. Take Care!

September 22nd, 2010. The fall colors are on! If you have been planning a trip to see them, I suggest you get on the road soon! Today we closed on my house listing in South Range. It was a nice closing, the seller and buyers were all very excited. In the afternoon, my cousin Marcus and I were working out in the woods setting treestands. It always seems that whenever I try to take a half day off of work, my phone is twice as busy as usual. I’ve got way too many voicemails and e-mails right now, but I’m getting caught up as I speak. Anyhow, get out and enjoy the fall colors, they are really good right now. Cya!

September 21st, 2010. This morning I had a showing on this cabin on the Silver River. I’ve been getting lots of inquiries on this listing lately. Later today, my cousin Marcus showed up, so we hung out at the cabin most of the evening. I have a closing tomorrow, and then we are going to visit Copper Harbor for the rest of the day. It sure is beautiful this time of year. The colors are starting to change, and the temperatures are great. Enjoy the fall weather!

September 20th, 2010. Today was an interesting story. I went to L’anse for a showing on this 10 acre parcel on the Silver River. I ended up getting there about 30 minutes ahead of schedule for my 2:30 showing. When I pulled up to the property, there was a vehicle already there. There happened to be some other buyers there, who were trying to locate the property on their own. I introduced myself as the listing agent, and let them know that I was there for another appointment, but would be happy to show them around until my 2:30 appointment showed up. Long story short, I ended up writing an offer with them on the hood of my truck before my appointment even showed up. I still had my second showing, but I don’t think that it is going anywhere. It looks likely that the first ‘lost buyers’ will end up getting the property. I’ve never had a sale go down quite like that before. Anyhow, it is late, and I just got home from the Keweenaw Whitetails banquet. Take Care!

September 19th, 2010. I hope that you enjoyed your weekend. Saturday Ross and I got the windows and door done at the deer blind. I also caught some young ‘hunters’ illegally road hunting for grouse. I blocked them in with my truck, and had a conversation with them. I’m pretty sure they won’t be coming down my road again, and I took down their license plate number in case I ever see them again. Saturday night I received an offer on a house that I have listed in Calumet. My sellers already accepted the offer, so congrats to Scott and Carrie. Here is a new 10 acre listing overlooking Lake Superior. I attached more pictures than what is showing up, so I’ll have to figure out why it is only showing the one. September is winding down!

September 17th, 2010. This morning I drove up to Cedar Bay to take pics and put up signs on a new 10 acre listing. I’ll have the details on here Sunday night. I had plenty to do in the office today. Tonight Melissa went out to a bachelorette party for her friend Rachel that is getting married next weekend. Landon and I had a ‘guy’s night’ at home. We watched the Tigers win, so that was good. September sure is a beautiful time of year. Get out and enjoy the weekend!

September 16th, 2010. These days seem to be going by fast. This morning I got the offer accepted on the 20 acre parcel near Bootjack, so congrats to everybody involved. I checked one of my trail cameras today, and was excited to see lots of nice deer at the edge of one of my new food plots. Tonight my buddy Ross and I built the door for the tower blind, and got the hinges and windows ready. I’m really loving this fall weather. I also noticed today that some of the trees are starting to show their fall colors. Hope you are having a great week!

September 15th, 2010. Can you believe that September is half over? I still have lots of work to do in the woods to get ready for archery season. The temps were in the 30′s this morning, and I heard that some areas received frost. Speaking of freezing, I see that my webcam is froze up right now. Hopefully it fixes itself soon, if not I’ll fix it tomorrow. Tonight I wrote an offer with some buyers on a 20 acre parcel that I just listed near Jacobsville. I should have a response from the seller tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of September!

September 14th, 2010. Very nice weather today. Sunny, with temps in the high 50′s. I got quite a bit done today. I had a closing on 20 acres on Bootjack Road, so congrats to the buyers and sellers. I got paperwork back today for three new listings, so I have lots of pictures to take and signs to put up soon. Landon sure is growing. He laughs at me a lot now, which is pretty cute. By the way, check out this new listing in Bruce Crossing. 118 acres for 60K, looks like an excellent deal. Take Care!

September 13th, 2010. I got lots of work done out in the woods this morning. I sure love being outside this time of year. Tonight I met with some buyers about some property out near Bootjack. They are very serious, and I’m confident we will put a deal together. By the way, if you haven’t noticed, the poll question changed a couple of days ago, so go ahead and vote on it, if you haven’t already. My cousin Marcus is supposed to be on his way up here tomorrow, so that will be fun. I have quite a bit to get done tomorrow before he gets here. Hope you had a nice Monday!

September 12th, 2010. Another weekend gone by too fast. I had to cover the office most of the day on Saturday. In the evening we went down to Henry’s Never Inn for a nice meal with my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. We stopped at the cabin for awhile, and had a good time. I watched some football on Sunday, and unfortunately watched my Detroit Lions lose a heartbreaker. In the evening I was down at the cabin with my chainsaw, cutting shooting lanes for the new deer blind until dark. I’m happy to have it all done. I’m looking forward to a busy week, and also looking forward to my cousin Marcus coming up for a visit. Have a great week!

September 10th, 2010. This morning I looked at a new listing near Cedar Bay. 10 acres overlooking Lake Superior, it was a really nice property. I should be putting it on the market next week. Tonight Melissa’s sister watched Landon for a couple of hours, and we went to dinner with some friends at De La Terre. It was really good, they did a nice job with the renovation of the place. I can’t stay up too late tonight, I’m scheduled for office time tomorrow. Have a fantastic weekend!

September 9th, 2010. This morning I wrote an offer with my buyers for a property near Boston Location. Hopefully our offer will be accepted, we’ll see what happens. I got my land division application approved already for my sale in Portage Township. I really appreciated the quick response on that from the assessor. When I was done with work I went out in the woods tonight to set a couple of treestands for bowseason. I checked out two of my food plots, and the rye is already sprouting. It is kind of hard to see, because rye is actually reddish when it first comes up. Within about a week, it should turn to a nice green, which you will easily notice on the webcam, and the deer will take notice as well. Our friend Janelle just stopped by to visit us, and play with Landon. Cya!

September 8th, 2010. It was another nice, cool, fall-like day. Today I worked on putting together a purchase agreement for a place in Franklin Township. I also completed a land division application for a property that I have under contract in Portage Township. I have quite a few new listings that will be coming on the market soon. Right now I’m watching Melissa feed Landon. He just started eating rice cereal now for about the last week. He seems to enjoy it. As soon as she puts his bib on him, he starts kicking and getting all excited. I need to post some recent pictures of him soon. Have a great day!

September 7th, 2010. Today we closed on the house in Laurium, so congrats to Sylvia! I had lots to do in the office today, which was good because it rained most of the day. I submitted an offer today on a Re/max listing, so we’ll see what happens with that. On my way home tonight, the temperature was 49 degrees. I love fall weather! This was my dad’s favorite time of year as well, so I end up thinking about him quite a bit lately. I hope you enjoyed your summer!

September 6th, 2010. I hope that everybody had a fantastic labor day weekend. I had showings on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and all day Monday. I’m hoping that something will come of all the time I put in this weekend. Saturday night Melissa, Landon, and I went to the cabin and mowed grass, cleaned up, and had a nice fire. It was a beautiful night. You’ve probably noticed on the webcam that the food plot has been worked up. The rye should start growing by the end of the week, and after that, we will start seeing quite a few deer out there. I have a busy day tomorrow, including a closing first thing tomorrow morning. I should be in for a busy week. Take Care!

September 3rd, 2010. We got lots of rain today, which will be great for my newly planted food plots. I spent the afternoon in the office, and got quite a bit done. Tonight Melissa and I went out to dinner at ‘The Michigan House’ in Calumet with some friends. It was really busy there, and we had a good dinner. It is hard to believe that is was 95 degrees just a few days ago, and right now it is 48 degrees. Only in Michigan. Have a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!

September 2nd, 2010. It was pouring rain this morning. I met with my farmer bright and early out at the cabin. We got three food plots planted today, which took us pretty much all day. I couldn’t get my ATV to start, so we ended up seeding them by hand. We officially got the deal together for the commercial lot on Main Street, so congrats to Jill and Scott. Here is another one of my new listings, 160 acres with woods, fields, and a nice creek. Tonight I had a showing on a place in Boston Location that went very well, I have a bunch of questions to get answered tomorrow. I think I’ll sleep good tonight, I got quite a workout planting the food plots. Enjoy your Friday!

September 1st, 2010. September is off to a great start. The temperatures cooled down today, which felt great. I got lots of work done today, and scheduled several upcoming showings. My labor day weekend is going to be full of showings, which is usually the case. Tonight we wrote an offer on one of my commercial parcels on Main Street, which the seller intends to accept tomorrow. I’m looking forward to a long day tomorrow of planting food plots, hopefully it won’t rain too much. Cya!

August 31st, 2010. This morning I sent out a purchase agreement on a parcel of land in Copper Harbor. So here is one of my newly acquired listings. 38 nicely wooded acres with power/phone/blacktop road. This is a nice buy for $1,000 per acre. I’ve seen a big surge in buyer inquiries over the last couple of weeks. I can’t believe it is the last day of August! I’m so excited for September. The only thing better than September is….October!

August 30th, 2010. It was a hot one in the Keweenaw today. Temps reached mid 90′s in many areas. This morning I picked up an approved land division application from the assessor’s office, so now we can close on the 20 acre sale on Bootjack Road. I also reduced the price of two of my listings, which I will be updated on the site by tomorrow. I had a good showing tonight on this commercial property on Main Street. I’ve had two good showings on that property now in the last four days. Anyhow, we are looking forward to some cooler temperatures soon. Stay cool!

August 29th, 2010. Both of my Saturday showings had to reschedule for another weekend. I went into the office for a few hours to get caught up. Sunday I shingled the roof on the tower blind, which was quite a job, just because it is so hard to get at. It kind of figures that it was 90 degrees out for that job. I’m glad to have it done. On the way home I got to check out a new ‘food plot’ at one of my hunting spots. The bulldozer finally moved in and cleared the site, now I just have to plant it next week. It should be an interesting deer season. I can’t believe it is almost September! I’m excited about that. I hope you had a nice weekend!

August 27th, 2010. It was a sunny and warm Friday. I took pics and put up signs on some new vacant land parcels. I spent the rest of the day in the nice air conditioned office, but still didn’t get everything done. I’ll probably stop in this weekend to finish up. Tomorrow I have showings on some remote properties in Baraga County. Both buyers seem serious, so I’m optimistic about making something happen this weekend. Today was freshman orientation for Michigan Tech, so the streets were busy all day with the new students. Enjoy the nice weekend!

August 26th, 2010. This morning I had a showing on this historic building in Copper City, and it went very well. In the afternoon, I had another good showing on this commercial lot between Hurontown and Dodgeville. I saw a bear on the ‘bear cam’ today, which was pretty cool. I hope you’ve been enjoying the new webcams. Here is my latest listing, 8 lots for sale in Tamarack City, which are absolutely beautiful. Melissa and I took Landon for a walk tonight, which was nice. Time to get ready for tomorrow morning’s showings. Cya!

August 25th, 2010. We got an accepted offer on my house in South Range today. Time on the market….less than one week. Today I set up three showing appointments on some other properties between now and this weekend. I also entered my new Tamarack City listing onto the MLS. After closing the office tonight, I showed a 160 acre timber sale to a logging company that will be bidding on the job. As we were walking out of the woods up to the edge of a hayfield, we saw five large deer feeding with their heads down. When I made a noise to get them to lift their heads, all five deer were bucks! Two of them were pretty nice ones. That was neat to see. Anyhow, it is almost 9 pm now, and I still need to eat dinner and answer e-mails. Have a good day!

August 24th, 2010. I spent most of the day in the office. I got a listing agreement signed today for 8 lots in Tamarack City. I will enter the listing on the MLS tomorrow. I have a buyer coming up this week to look at some lots in Portage Township, so I went to the township office today to get copies of the local zoning ordinance for that township. He is looking at building a specific type of business, so we want to make sure that it would be in compliance. Tonight I went up to Ahmeek for a birthday party for my father-in-law, Happy Birthday Wayne-O!

August 23rd, 2010. I’m watching a deer on the webcam as I’m typing this. In about a week, that field is going to be worked up and planted rye. Once that happens, you will be seeing plenty of deer action for months to come. Today we did our continuing education class for our real estate licensing. That took up most of my day, but I did end up showing this cottage on some of the nicest shoreline in the Keweenaw. The showing went pretty well. By the way, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. I hope that your Monday went well!

August 22nd, 2010. September is almost here and I can’t wait! Saturday I worked on the tower blind most of the day, and we made some good progress. Sunday was nice, we stayed home all day and mostly relaxed. I mowed the lawn and washed my truck. Melissa has a new job now, and she no longer has to work weekends, so that is going to be nice. Landon had a big day on Sunday. He is rolling over! He can roll from his back to his tummy, and back the other way. He looks so pleased with himself. I bet he’ll be crawling before we know it. Time for a new week!

August 20th, 2010. Longgg day. I dropped Landon off at his grandma’s this morning after I fed him. Then I showed these nice lots overlooking Lake Superior in the pouring rain. The buyer loved the lots, but he has some property he needs to sell before he can make a move on these. Later, I went back up to Copper Harbor for a second showing on the ‘cottage shop’, as well as a new listing on First Street. At 6:30 I had a showing on my new listing in South Range. We also ended up back in Calumet showing my listing on Caledonia Street. I finally got home at 9:00, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and am ready for bed soon. It looks like the Tigers are going to win tonight, so that is a nice way to end the day. Enjoy your weekend!

August 19th, 2010. This morning I had a showing on my ‘cottage shop’ listing up in Copper Harbor. The showing went very well. The buyer is the perfect fit for the property, hopefully it all works out. This is the house that I listed in South Range. The house is priced right, we’ve had three inquiries on it within the first 24 hours on the market. Time to eat dinner. Enjoy your Friday!

August 18th, 2010. This morning I got all of the paperwork signed for my new house listing in South Range. I already have a couple of prospective buyers. My phone was quite busy all day. After closing down the office today I drove up north to meet with some buyers to write an offer. I will be presenting the offer in the morning, hopefully all will go well. I didn’t get home until late tonight, so I only had time for a quick snack, and now it is time to get ready for bed. Landon was happy to see me as always. He is quite the motivation. Take Care!

August 17th, 2010. I didn’t have any appointments today, so it was nice to get some errands done. Tomorrow I’m getting the papers signed on a residential listing in South Range. I’m also supposed to be writing an offer tomorrow on a different property. Tonight I got one of my treestands set at one of my hunting spots. One down, many to go. But I was glad to make some progress. Landon has started eating some Rice cereal now, so he is obviously growing by the day. Have a nice day!

August 16th, 2010. I hope that everybody had a good Monday. I was supposed to show a place in Twin Lakes this morning, but the buyer never confirmed a time with me, so we’ll have to reschedule it. We had Landon’s four month doctor’s appointment today. He is now 25 inches long, and weighs 14 lbs 14 oz. Tonight Ross and I built the trusses for the tower blind. Now we just have to find time to install them. Take Care!

August 15th, 2010. Another fast weekend is here and gone. Saturday our friend Carrie got married up in Copper Harbor, so congratulations to her and Scott. Sunday morning I was up bright and early to go work out at the cabin. I had to run to Twin Lakes for awhile for a showing that went very well. It is nice and cool out today, which feels great. By the way, if you have been looking for some nice property in the Skanee area, check out this five acre parcel. I’m getting some paperwork ready for a showing tomorrow morning. Hope your weekend was good!

August 13th, 2010. This morning I went to Marquette and we closed on a brand new house on some big acreage. Congrats to Roger and Dana! Now I’m back home and getting caught up on some e-mails. By the way, if you request information on a property, you need to at least leave an e-mail address, or else I have no way of responding. If you requested info on a property, re-send it, and be sure to include your e-mail. I think I hear some thunder right now, we may be in for some interesting weather this weekend. Talk to you on Sunday night!

August 12th, 2010. This morning I had a listing appointment for a house in South Range. I should be putting it on the market early next week. Later in the day, I had a showing on this really neat building in Copper City. Tonight we had a birthday party for my sister-in-law, but I’m not sure if I’m supposed to share her age with you or not. Anyhow, I need to get to bed, I have to be in Marquette tomorrow morning for a big closing. Stay cool!

August 11th, 2010. Today was our 3rd wedding anniversary! It is hard to believe that it has been three years already. It is also hard to believe that I began typing this journal before we were even married. After work tonight, we had dinner at De La Terre in Lake Linden. The food was very good. They did a very nice job remodeling the inside. Hope that you had a nice day!

August 10th, 2010. Landon was pretty sleepy this morning, so he napped long enough for me to finish up a forest management plan. After I dropped him off at his Grandma’s house, I got back to the office to work on an upcoming closing. I finished up another forest management plan tonight, so I’m happy to have made some good progress. Earlier tonight, Melissa and I took her cousin Sarah out to our cabin for dinner. It was a pretty night, but quite warm and humid. I refuse to complain about the heat, however. A lot of people complain about the cold all winter, and now that it is summer, they complain about the heat. Time to get some sleep, take care!

August 9th, 2010. This morning we made more progress on selling the home in Laurium. The home inspection went well, and we have removed the inspection contingencies. This afternoon I had a showing on this parcel on Tamarack Waterworks Road, and this cozy cabin on Fisherman’s Road. Both showings went well, we’ll see what happens. Now I’m back home answering e-mails and returning phone calls. Did you check out the two new webcams? I’ve been enjoying them myself. Have a nice day!

August 8th, 2010. How was your weekend? It was beautiful here. Saturday morning Ross and I finished building the floor on Landon’s playhouse. Later in the day Melissa and I went to a wedding reception in Cedar Bay. Sunday we met her family up at “Brunet Park” between Gay and Lac La Belle for a day on the beach/cookout. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. There are two new REALLY good webcams for your enjoyment. Be sure to check out the new Owl Cam, and the new Bear Cam. You are going to love them. Please be sure to e-mail links to your friends and family. Enjoy!

August 6th, 2010. The temps only reached about 70 today, which was fine with me. It really was a beautiful day. I had a showing outside of Calumet today, and it went quite well. When I was done with work, I picked up some lumber so I could make some more progress on Landon’s future playhouse tomorrow. Our friends Ross and Amanda came over for dinner tonight, and we had pork chops on the grill. Later on, our neighbors had a fire, and we hung out over there for a bit. It was quite cool tonight, and it seemed really nice to be able to wear a sweatshirt, since it has been so warm lately. Have a great weekend!

August 5th, 2010. Today was slightly cooler, and very windy. I had a couple of showings near Tamarack Waterworks, just outside of Calumet. Tomorrow morning I have a second showing on one of the properties that we looked at today. Other than the two showings, I had a relatively quiet day, which was kind of nice. They were going to do some additional work to the Lift Bridge tonight, I hope that they get it figured out. Enjoy your Friday!

August 4th, 2010. Landon made sure to wake Melissa and I up nice and early this morning, so we got a head-start on our day. Later on I dropped off a land division application for torch lake township. One of the most common errors in a ‘for sale by owner’ transaction is failure to get approval from the township on a land division. This can result in serious problems with your ownership of the property. In fact, sometimes it turns out that the property was never allowable to begin with. It can get really ugly. Contrary to what some will say, you really need professionals involved in a real estate purchase. Keep in mind that if you are purchasing a ‘for sale by owner’, you can still employee a Realtor as a ‘transaction coordinator’ for a very low fee. This way, the Realtor will see the transaction through from start to finish, and make sure everything is done properly. The talk of the town today was that the Portage Canal Lift Bridge was stuck in an upright position for hours. It is amazing how fast the traffic will back up when that occurs. The only other option to get between Houghton and Hancock is by boat or plane. They finally got the bridge working again, and people were able to get home, or wherever they needed to go. If you live in Hancock or anywhere north in the Keweenaw, you are actually living on an island. We are completely surrounded by water up here. By the way, here is my new 80 acre listing near the Craig Lake Wilderness Area. Take Care!

August 3rd, 2010. This morning I sent out a land division application for Arvon Township. After that we had the closing on the Mass City acreage on Adventure Creek, so congrats to seller Gary and buyer Carl. The property sold via land contract (seller financing). I’ve done a lot of land contract sales, and know them inside-out at this point. If you need to buy property with seller financing, feel free to shoot me an e-mail, and I can help. We officially got the deal accepted on the house in Laurium, so congrats to Sylvia. Everybody is complaining about the heat today. The temps are about in the mid 80′s, which is hot for up here, but I’m sure that for some of you, you are used to much higher temperatures than that. We just got done eating a couple of steaks that I grilled. I hope that your week is going well!

August 2nd, 2010. This morning we got a counter-offer on the Laurium house that I wrote an offer on yesterday. I have to meet with the buyer sometime tomorrow to try and get it wrapped up. Today I went to Skanee to take pictures of a beautiful new 5 acre listing. I may already have a buyer for it, we will see what happens. I also stopped at my listing on Eilola Road to check out a couple of things for my prospective buyer. By the way, how does 225 feet of Lake Superior with incredible views for $69,900 sound? The price on this nice 2.83 acre parcel is getting really low! I finally got out of the office after 7:00 tonight. I made dinner tonight, which means I picked up a large order of Ravioli to go from Gino’s. They are delicious. Also, thank you to those of you that e-mail me occasional pics for ‘pic of the day’, as it gives me one less thing to worry about everyday. Take Care!

August 1st, 2010. August is here! We are one month closer to my favorite month, October. Saturday my friend Ross and I went to the cabin to start construction on my tower deer blind/Landon’s future playhouse. It was a lot of work, digging the holes, and setting and leveling the 16 foot long 6×6 treated posts. We did get everything leveled and tied together. Next time there we will build the floor, which will be about 14 feet off the ground. Sunday morning I drove out to Big Traverse to meet with my buyer for the house in Laurium. We wrote up a good offer, so now we are waiting to hear back from the seller. In the evening I met with the president of a local logging company to show him a 160 acre sale that I am taking bids on near Lake Linden. We thoroughly walked the entire property. I still need to meet with two additional companies so I can get a total of three bids on the job. Now I’m finally home, and need to start getting ready for Monday. I hope you had a fun weekend!

July 30th, 2010. This morning I wrapped up a land division application for my recent deal on the 20 acres on Bootjack Road. After that I hit the road for the Three Lakes area. I listed a very remote 80 acre parcel in the Craig Lake Wilderness Area. It took a lot of GPS coordinates to find this property, as there were about 9 forks in the 5 miles of two tracking. The property does have legal recorded easement. Anyhow, I found the property and got several good pictures. It reminded me that selling vacant land up here is really a specialty. Hopefully I’ll find a buyer for it. Tonight we went to dinner at the Harbor Haus with our friends Ross and Amanda. It was delicious as usual. I hope that you have a great weekend!

July 29th, 2010. This morning I had showings on three different parcels of land near Pelkie/Tapiola. The showings went very well, it is looking probable that the buyer will end up purchasing one of them. Today we also officially got the deal accepted for a 20 acre parcel on Bootjack Road, so congrats to buyers and sellers. I got a timber sale agreement back from a landowner today. I will be managing a thinning on a red pine plantation near Rice Lake. Here is a new property near Pelkie. I have sold two parcels out of this property, and now there are 48 acres left. Nice spot for a hobby farm. Tonight I need to wrap up a forest management plan, and start up a new one as well. Landon is doing very well, and growing fast as always. He is a very happy baby, and always seems to be smiling. Enjoy your summer, it is going by fast!

July 28th, 2010. I forgot to mention yesterday that we started off the day by closing on 20 acres in Baraga county, so congrats to James on landing some new hunting property! Today I took pics of two new listings in Baraga county, and I loaded them onto the MLS today. Tonight I had a second showing on a nice house in Laurium. It looks the buyer will end up writing an offer. After that I went out towards Lake Linden to look at another potential timber harvest. The timber markets have been improving, and landowners seem ready to take advantage of it. Also..we officially got the deal accepted for this huge parcel on Keweenaw Bay, so a big congrats to the sellers. I am actually home by dinner time tonight, so I am finishing my journal, and then I have vowed to not talk about, or think about work, for the entire rest of the night. I will try my best.

July 27th, 2010. Was it hot where you were? It was plenty warm here. This morning I went out to the Rabbit Bay timber harvest which is now complete. The roads have been all fixed up, and the last of the wood has been hauled away. I took some video updates and pics that I hope to post on the Forestry Journal very soon. At lunchtime I had a buyer come in and right an offer on a 20 acre listing that I have on Bootjack Road. The seller has counter-offered, but I expect that we will have an agreement by tomorrow. I have a verbal agreement for a 40 acre timber harvest near Elo. I need to put together a contract in the morning and mail it to the seller. I am finally at the point where I am going to have to look at training in some help to assist with my forestry fieldwork. With the amount of jobs that I have coming up, there just isn’t enough hours in the day for me to do everything myself. Tonight I drove down to Nisula to check out some bulldozing that is getting done. Everything looks great. Time for bed. Take Care!

July 26th, 2010. Today was a warm one, and it is supposed to be getting even warmer. Today I sent a couple of listing agreements for some land that I will have on the market soon. I also had some people stop in today that have 40 acres, and are thinking of having some forest management done. Tonight I went and looked at the property, and it is certainly a good candidate. I will have to schedule another meeting with them to go over the options. Tonight I went out to Laird Township to meet with some excavators that are starting some road work on a property that I caretake for the owner. Now I’m taking some last looks at some closing statements for a closing that I have first thing tomorrow morning. I hope that you had a good start to your week!

July 25th, 2010. There was no time for fun this weekend. I spent most the morning and early afternoon Saturday preparing a forest management plan. The owner is going to put the property into the Qualified Forest Property Tax Exemption plan, which will save him on property taxes in the future. If you own 20 wooded, vacant acres in Michigan, you are likely eligible for this program. Send me an e-mail sometime if you would like more details. In the afternoon I went up to Copper Harbor to put up signs and take pics of a property that I am re-listing. Sunday I drove to Ontonagon county for a 160 acre property line project. I spent a long day in the heart of wolf country, and it was a long one. It was terribly rugged terrain, and the blackflies, ticks, and deer flies were relentless. I twisted my ankle twice, lost my GPS (and eventually found it), and it was just too darn hot out. Anyhow, it wasn’t the most enjoyable project I’ve ever worked on. However, the property lines came out extremely accurate, and that is priority #1. Time to get ready for Monday. I hope your weekend was more fun!

July 23rd, 2010. Lots of action on this Friday. In the morning I wrote an offer with a buyer on this large parcel of waterfront in Baraga county. The sellers intend to accept the offer, so congrats to all involved. This should be one of the largest waterfront sales of the year in our area. In the afternoon I entered in a new listing for a parcel of land near Mass City. I also took a call from a logging company that needs some property line work done. I’m hoping to get it done for them before the weekend is over. This afternoon we closed on a 13 acre parcel on Pelkie Road, so congrats to Eric, Mary, and Devlin. Tonight at 6:30 I had a showing on a house on Isle Royale Street in Laurium, and the showing went well. When I finally got home I grilled some steaks, and they turned out really good. By the way, here is the 126 acre parcel that I listed near Lake Linden yesterday. It is a fantastic piece of property. If you noticed ‘pic of the day’, you saw that one of our visitors captured a nice picture of a buck on my ‘deer cam’. If you ever happen to see anything interesting on the deer cam, just right click your mouse, and and select ‘save picture as’, and then you can save the pic to your computer. I really appreciate any pics that you can e-mail me, as you never know what could show up on the cam. Have a great weekend!

July 22nd, 2010. This morning I finalized the paperwork for a closing that is happening next week. We’re having a few issues with a deal I have going in Marquette, so I spent a lot of time on the phone today trying to keep things moving in the right direction. I entered in a new listing that is about 126 acres, overlooking Torch Lake. I will have details on here tomorrow. At 6:15 pm tonight we had a closing for the house in Baltic. Congrats to James and Kristen on their first home! I’m hoping to get more sleep tonight than I did last night. Landon was up a little earlier than usual. Cya!

July 21st, 2010. Today we closed on the 19 acres near Copper City, so congrats to Carla! After that I went out to the new 160 acre timber harvest to take an inventory of the property, so I can start to formulate my management plan. After that I had a showing on a 20 acre parcel that I have listed on Bootjack Road. I’m pretty sure that the buyers are going to end up writing an offer. I also found out today that my offer for the 40 acre parcel near Skanee was accepted, so I am very excited about that! Tonight I met an excavating company out at my cabin to get an estimate on some road work. Take Care!

July 20th, 2010. My phone was very busy today. I’ve got some new listings and some new sales in the works. We got some rain today, which was nice. Here is my new listing in Copper City, it sure is a neat old building. I’m not sure if you have noticed or not, but we’ve dropped the price on this really nice parcel of land overlooking Lake Superior. I also turned down a listing today. Some people are surprised that I do that, but I don’t see the point of putting my resources into a property if it is not going to sell. Some sellers have a price in their minds that is just not realistic, so I respectfully pass on the deal. Time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. I hope you are having a good week.

July 19th, 2010. This morning I traveled to northern Baraga county to check out a property that captured my interest last week. I liked the property so much that I wrote an offer on it as soon as I got back to the office. Hopefully I’ll get it. I entered in the listing for my building in Copper City today. I have three closings this week, so I double checked that everything is ready to go. Melissa has golf league tonight, and I hope that she is enjoying the break, she deserves it. Have a good day!

July 18th, 2010. How was your weekend? It was pretty uneventful here. Melissa had to work all weekend, so I stayed home with Landon, except for Sunday afternoon for a listing appointment. I got my pics for a really neat old building in Copper City. I will be entering it onto the MLS tomorrow. By the way, I know you have a nice picture on your computer that would make a great ‘pic of the day’. Please e-mail it to josh@statewideofhoughton.com. I’m hoping to get a lot accomplished this week. Take Care!

July 16th, 2010. After a quick breakfast at the Suomi Restaurant, my brother Adam left for home. I spent the rest of the day in the office, and got a lot done. I came home and got a lot of ‘honey-do’ projects done as well. Sister-in-law Erin came over with her friend Joe tonight, and we grilled out and played a board game. Enjoy your weekend!

July 15th, 2010. My brother Adam and I stayed at the cabin last night, and it was a good time. We wanted to go fishing this morning, but it was way too windy. We went to Henry’s in Rockland for lunch, and then we went out in the woods to take down a treestand from one of my hunting spots that I will be moving this fall. Tonight, Melissa, Adam and I went to the Mine Shaft in Houghton for dinner. We bowled a couple of games, and bowled pretty well for amateurs. Adam is leaving in the morning, and then I’ll be in the office the rest of the day getting back in action.

July 14th, 2010. We are having a nasty thunderstorm right now. This morning Adam and I went up into Keweenaw county to go fishing. We only got to fish for an hour before the wind became two much. We did land 4 pike in that hour. Later in the day we hung out at the cabin, and went over to a friend’s house to grill some burgers. It should be a good growing season up here this summer, as we are getting a good amount of rain. Have a nice day!

July 13th, 2010. This morning I had a showing on a house near Boston Location. Nice little house, but not a good fit for this buyer. I went back to the office to get numbers finalized for two upcoming closings. In the afternoon, I signed a listing agreement for a 120 acre parcel with a lake view. I also signed a timber sale management contract for a 160 acre parcel. That should keep me extra busy well into the winter. My brother arrived later this afternoon. We went for a ride tonight and I showed him one of my new hunting spots. When we got back tonight, I ended up e-mailing out a purchase agreement for some nice acreage that I have listed in Baraga County. I am ready to take Adam fishing tomorrow, weather permitting.

July 12th, 2010. My phone was ringing off the hook today. I set up a showing for tomorrow morning, and also agreed to terms on listing some new property, as well as managing a timber harvest. I saw a deer on the webcam earlier tonight, and there is actually a buck on the webcam as I am typing this. My brother Adam will be arriving from lower Michigan tomorrow, so I’m trying to get as caught up as possible before he gets here. Have a nice day!

July 11th, 2010. We had a fun and quick weekend. Saturday we drove down to Escanaba for the State Wide Real Estate Corporate Convention. We attended a nice dinner and an awards ceremony. After a fun, late night, we headed on back first thing Sunday morning. Melissa’s mom watched Landon overnight, and it was our first night without him. Melissa had a great time, but she was certainly ready to see Landon as soon as we got back on Sunday. Time to get ready for Monday!

July 9th, 2010. This morning we closed on the 20 acre parcel on Parkila Road, so congrats to JoAnne, Paul, and Ryan. I know some of you have been watching that property, but don’t worry, because there are still 3 more 20 acre parcels available. Later in the day I had a listing appointment for a really neat building in Copper City. We will be putting it on the market next week. Here is my new 20 acre listing just outside of Tapiola. It is a very nice property at a very reasonable price. Melissa and I are now looking forward to a fun weekend, I hope that you are too!

July 8th, 2010. Today I showed some property out by Gay in the morning. At 3:00 I met with a seller about listing some property in Osceola Township. I got the paperwork rolling for the Copper City property. I had a showing on a house up in Coburntown after that. I feel like my journals are boring lately, because it has been all work and no fun. Melissa got a well deserved break tonight and went out to dinner with her friend Janelle while I watched Landon. Now that she is back I have to get things ready for a closing tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to my brother Adam coming up for a few days next week, so I should get to go fishing at least once. Also, there is a new poll question if you haven’t voted on it yet. Have a nice Friday!

July 7th, 2010. This morning I went down to Tapiola to take pics and put up signs on a 20 acre parcel that I just listed. The rest of the day was spent in the office. Today I FINALLY got a land division application approved by Baraga Township (57 days later). So, we’re ready to close on 20 acres on Parkila Road this Friday. For the Copper City property, my seller counter-offered, and my buyers e-mailed me tonight that they are accepting the counter-offer, so we have a deal. Anyhow, I have lots of real estate action going on. Time for another busy day tomorrow. Lots of long days this time of year, but I have to make hay while the sun shines right?

July 6th, 2010. Today was very busy. In the morning I went to Bootjack to look at an old farmhouse with lots acreage. The property is beautiful, and the sellers have lots of options, which we discussed. After that, I went down towards Jacobsville to a timber property so I could take pics, notes, and make measurements in the woods. I am writing a QFA plan for the owner. QFA is similar to CFA. With a professional written management plan, you can enjoy a significant property tax savings as long as you own the property. The difference with QFA is that you only need 20 acres of unoccupied forest, and you don’t have to allow any public hunting access as you would with CFA. It really is a great program, to learn more, click here. FYI, I can write the plan for you. In the afternoon I went to Chassell to sign a listing agreement with a seller for 20 acres near Tapiola. After that, I helped my buddy Ross tonight with remodeling a bathroom. When I got home I received a call from some Wisconsin buyers, and we ended up writing an offer on one of my listings near Copper City. I e-mailed them the paperwork, and should have the signatures back by morning. Now it is 9:30 pm and I am hungry. Have a nice day!

July 4th, 2010. Happy Independence Day! The Keweenaw was buzzing with people all weekend, enjoying the warm sunny weather. Our weekend was pretty laid back, we got around and visited some friends and family. Tonight we are just watching a movie at home, and I’m ready for another week. I hope you had a great weekend!

July 2nd, 2010. It is shaping up to be a nice weekend for all of you 4th of July travelers. It was in the 80′s today. I went out to one of my hunting properties with a heavy equipment operator. We ribboned out a road to be built, as well as a food plot that I will plant for deer hunting this fall. I’m pretty excited to get that going. Be sure to check out a great new webcam….the WOLF CAM. On the Bald Eagle cam today, I saw two adults feeding the young one. Pretty fun stuff. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

July 1st, 2010. July is here! This is wonderful month to be in the Keweenaw! Today I met with some clients about some potential listings/timber near Lake Linden. Also, here is my second new listing on Lake Medora. This lot has very good access, and is the lowest priced lot on the lake! Nice opportunity. After work, I went down to the cabin with Melissa and Landon. Landon napped a lot, Melissa got some sun, and I mowed the grass. We went for a walk later, the weather was really nice. We also drove out to the backside of Courtney Lake in Ontonagon county to check out the public beach that we had heard about. What a beautiful little spot! We’ll have to picnic there soon. Now we are home and ready for a snack before bed. Have a great 4th of July weekend!

June 30th, 2010. What a beautiful day! Today I signed a listing agreement for a house in Hancock. I also wrote an offer with my buyer on this house that we looked at in Chassell last night. I heard back from the listing agent tonight, and the offer has already been accepted! Congrats to Todd. Here is the first of my two new listings on Lake Medora. The parcel features more than 191 feet of lake frontage. I’m hoping to fish Lake Medora within the next couple of weeks. This nice weather is giving Melissa and I cabin fever, we are hoping to sneak out there sometime before the week is over. Have a nice day!

June 29th, 2010. Today was sunny, but quite cool, with temps around 60 degrees. I spent the day in the office. I entered in a couple of new listings, and made some appointments for upcoming showings. After closing the office, I had a showing on a nice house out near Chassell. The showing went quite well. I ended up going back to the buyer’s house to discuss listing his current residence. I’ll probably end up listing it before the week is over. Some of you have been asking about the deer cam. I don’t feed the deer in the summer, as they have so much natural food around them this time of year. However, during the first week of September, I will disc up the food plot, and plant it to rye and oats. From September on, you’ll see plenty of activity on the deer cam. However, you never know what you may see this time of year, I spotted a buck with velvet antlers a couple of nights ago. I’m hungry, time for dinner. Cya!

June 28th, 2010. Today I showed some buyers three different lots on Lake Medora. They seem to really be leaning towards one of them, we’ll see what happens. Two of the lots were new listings of mine that I took pictures of while we were out there. My phone was busy today! Buyers are really starting to inquire about properties. Anyhow, after taking the buyers to lunch in Copper Harbor, I hung around town for a bit longer to visit friends that I have up there. I miss the old days when I could stay up there for two or three days at a time, I just don’t have time anymore. Tonight I ate the new Pizza Works in Houghton. They really did a nice job remodeling that place, you should check it out. Have a good day!

June 27th, 2010. How was your weekend? Saturday I was in the office all day, and got a lot done. I also ended up writing an offer on my listing on Froberg road, and it has already been accepted. I also entered my new hobby farm listing on 80 acres near Tapiola. The property is absolutely beautiful, with some substantial timber value. After work, we had some friends over for dinner and games. Sunday I did absolutely nothing, and it felt great! I needed a boring day to unwind a bit. Now I feel refreshed, and ready for another productive week. I hope your week will be a good one!

June 25th, 2010. Rain, rain, and more rain! At least we’re not having too dry of a summer like we’ve had the last couple of years. We officially got the deal together on the Mass City property, so congrats to Gary and Carl. In the afternoon I went to Copper Harbor to show some vacant parcels. Some were waterfront, some were not. We only got out of the truck at the two most interesting parcels, as it was raining pretty hard. I’m ready to get some sleep, I have lots to do in the office tomorrow. Summer is here, enjoy your weekend!

June 24th, 2010. Quite a few miles traveled today. I went to L’anse to look at a commerical building that I’ll be listing soon. After that I went up to Skanee to meet with my seller of this wonderful cottage on Lake Superior. Whoever buys this place is getting a fantastic deal, I can tell you that. Maybe it should be you? After that I went to Tapiola where I listed and took pics of a house on 80 acres. I’ll be entering it onto the MLS tomorrow. When I got back to the office I had my signatures for the offer on the Mass City property. I presented it to the seller, and we’ll have a counter-offer for the buyer by tomorrow morning. I’m pretty confident that the deal will come together. Now I’ve got everything printed out for a bunch of showings in Copper Harbor tomorrow. People can say what they want about the real estate market, but we are still listing and selling plenty. We are very fortunate here in the Western U.P. Melissa says that dinner is just about ready, and it sure smells great. Meanwhile, Landon is napping away in his swing. Take Care!

June 23rd, 2010. This morning I went to a showing that was taking place on this nice cabin near Lake Superior. The showing went pretty well, but I know that the buyers had many other properties that they were going to look at. When I got back in the office, I ended up writing an offer on the property that I showed on the Adventure Creek in Mass City yesterday. I’m waiting to get the signatures back so I can present the offer to the seller. After that I got lots of paperwork done. I’m all set to list two different properties tomorrow. Time to give Landon a bath!

June 22nd, 2010. Today was a very productive day. I went down to Mass City to show my listings on Fox Road. The showings went very well. In fact, the buyer called me tonight indicating that he’d like to write an offer, so things are looking good for that. On the way back, I went to Limestone Mountain to complete a property line project for my forestry business. I’m actually kind of sore after hiking on the steep terrain all night. I don’t remember getting sore back when I started that type of work 7 years ago! By the way, if you are looking for a very nice property with inexpensive seller financing, check out this Lake Superior view lot. Or, you could purchase all three lots for a discounted price. Landon has been a little fussy tonight, but now he is lying on me while I type this, and he seems a little happier. Have a good day!

June 21st, 2010. I think that today has the longest amount of daylight of the year? It is kind of sad to think that it will be getting dark earlier each day from here on out. Right now I’m watching the rain come down, but my goldfinches on the birdfeeder don’t seem to mind. The buyer inquiries keep rolling in. I entered in a new listing today that overlooks Lake Superior. Tonight I talked with a seller, and we agreed that I’ll be listing her 80 acre hobby farm near Tapiola. I also recently added a service that will add my listings to 34 additional quality real estate websites. This will about double the exposure that I’ve already had. If you are thinking about selling your home or property, call or e-mail me so we can give your property the maximum exposure!

June 20th, 2010. We had really nice weather this weekend. From the sounds of it, Bridgefest was a success. Saturday I had a showing down in Covington on this beautiful property and cabin. The buyers loved the property, but the cabin wasn’t for them. I’m going to start searching to find something more suitable for them. Sunday was my first Father’s Day! We spent most of the day at the in-laws, and then in the evening I went to Baraga to remove my billboard sign, and then I put it up on a new property between Houghton and Calumet. Around sunset, I went up to Centennial Heights to take pictures of a new listing. By the way, there is a new Bald Eagle Cam that is in working order. Not quite as good as the old one, but there is a young one to watch in the nest, and the adults are there frequently as well. Time for another week!

June 18th, 2010. Today was quite sunny and warm, which should make for a nice start for Bridgefest. I was in the office most of the day getting caught up. I’m also getting papers printed out for this upcoming weekend’s showings. My internet keeps freezing up for the webcam, so I’m trying to figure out why. There was a big parade in Houghton tonight, but we missed it. Enjoy your weekend!

June 17th, 2010. My friend Gary is on his way back downstate. We fished hard, and had a good time doing it. Last night we were fishing up near Copper Harbor, we saw some really big pike, but the biggest one we landed was about 32 inches long. This morning Gary had a gigantic pike break his line right at the boat. Tonight Melissa’s sister watched Landon for awhile so we could go bowling. As usual, Melissa beat all of the guys, she is quite a bowler. Houghton is gearing up for Bridgefest this weekend, which is usually quite busy. I’m gearing up for some showings this weekend. The buyer inquiries have really increased over the last few days. Have a good day!

June 15th, 2010. Today was rainy and windy, so we didn’t do any fishing. That was O.K., since I had some work to do. Tonight I helped my buyers finalize their home inspection for their purchase in Baltic. I have finally learned that since many of my showings are on weekends, it easier for my friends to come up for a couple days during the week, and I’ll have more of a chance for time off. Today Melissa took Landon on a shopping trip to Marquette with her mother and sister. They had a good time, and Landon is getting more smiley by the day. I hope that you are having a good week!

June 14th, 2010. This morning we closed on a nice house in Hancock, so congrats to Brian on his first home. After getting everything done in the office, Gary and I went fishing tonight near Twin Lakes. We caught quite a few bass, and one pike, not a bad trip. Here is a nice home that I just listed in Calumet. I’ve shown most of the houses in Calumet earlier this spring, and this one is definitely better than most of them out there. I’m hoping that it doesn’t rain all day tomorrow, but they are saying it will. I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed. Take Care!

June 13th, 2010. It was a great weekend! I had to go to a home inspection Saturday morning, and then I headed out to the cabin. I got lots of mowing and weed-wacking done, and cleaning up getting ready for Gary to come up fishing for a few days. It was nice to stay the night out there, I haven’t stayed there since last year. Sunday Gary and I went fishing, and we landed lots and lots of pike, but they were all small… except one big one, that you can see on Pic of the Day. I caught it on an ultra-light rod, which made the battle even more fun than usual. It was quite a fight, and lots of fun. Now I’m back home and getting ready for a closing tomorrow morning. Have a great week!

June 11th, 2010. Here is the new listing on 80 acres just outside of Houghton. This property is absolutely fantastic. The house is very clean and comfortable, and there is plenty of room to build if you want something bigger. Back in the office today I entered in three other new listings. It ended up raining really hard here most of the day. By the way, when you send me a website request about a property on here, please double check that you typed in your e-mail address correctly. If you mistype your e-mail address, and you don’t leave a phone number (many of you don’t), I have no way of responding to your inquiry. Don’t ever worry about leaving your phone number, I’m not going to call unless you want me to, or if there was a problem with your e-mail address. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to my buddy Gary showing up sometime this weekend. We’re hoping to go fishing a few times this week when the weather allows. Enjoy your weekend!

June 10th, 2010. This morning I went out to officially list the home on 80 acres near Houghton. I entered it into the MLS today as well. In the afternoon I went up to Calumet to take pics and put up signs on my new listing on Caledonia Street. Tonight I had dinner with a logging company that I have been working with. We’re coming up with some ideas for future work together. Anyhow, I’m finally home, and for some reason, I have a pretty good headache tonight. I’m going to try to relax tonight and not think about work for at least a couple of hours. But, I’ll never complain about being busy. It is always a blessing to be able to making a living in such a wonderful place!

June 9th, 2010. It really feels good to be home in time for dinner tonight. This morning we officially got the deal together on the nice home near Marquette, congrats to Roger and Dana! I went and checked out a million dollar plus property today, one of the most impressive I’ve seen in awhile. I had lots to do in the office, and also signed a listing agreement for a nice house in Calumet on Caledonia Street. Here is the info on the nice 4 bedroom house that I listed in Hancock yesterday. Whether you are a family, or students trying to save money while going to college, this house will please you. Time to eat some spaghetti. Have a nice day!

June 8th, 2010. This morning I checked out a neat little home on 80 beautiful acres near Tapiola. I was the third Realtor that they interviewed, and they told me that they have decided to work with me, so I look forward to getting it on the market soon. In the afternoon I traveled to Baraga county to check out some remote property for potential timber management. The property had timber that was ready for harvest, but unfortunately because of the small size of the parcel (12 acres), and the lengthy and difficult access, it won’t be economically feasible to do any cutting on the property. Today we did officially get the deal accepted on the house in Baltic, so congrats to James and Kristin! Tonight I listed a nice 4 bedroom house in Hancock at a very good price, so I’ll have details on here soon. Also, if you have been looking for affordable riverfront property, you’ve found it with this 10 acre parcel in Baraga county. Anyhow, I just got done printing off aerial photos, maps, and comparable sales for another listing appointment tomorrow morning. Time to relax for 30 minutes, and then off to bed. Take Care!

June 7th, 2010. It was a very full day. I drove to Marquette today to show a bunch of nice houses. We ended up writing an offer on one of the houses, so hopefully the deal comes together, it is a fantastic house. When I finally made it back to Houghton tonight, I met with some other buyers at my office at about 10:00 pm, to write a counter offer on a deal we have working on another house. I’m finally home, and am trying to catch up on e-mails, and get ready for another busy day tomorrow. By the way, make sure to look at this cabin that I just listed near L’anse. Log cabin, 10 acres, trout stream…all for 49K! Have a good day!

June 6th, 2010. I’m keeping busy everyday. Saturday I went out to Rice Lake, where I listed 21 acres near Lake Superior. It was kind of rainy, but it didn’t pour too hard. I also put together a purchase agreement to assist in a sale down in Mecosta County. Saturday night Landon’s Grandma watched him for a few hours, so we could go to Copper Harbor and have our first dinner at the Harbor Haus this year. The food was fantastic as usual. Sunday morning I had a showing down in Jacobsville. In the afternoon I met with some clients in the office where we wrote an offer on a house that I showed on Friday. I’m very confident that we’ll get the deal together. Now I just got done getting paperwork ready for a bunch of showings tomorrow. Time for a busy week. I hope that you had a good weekend!

June 4th, 2010. It was a busy, rainy Friday. I entered in three new listings today near L’anse on the East Branch of the Silver River. Speaking of waterfront, here is my new listing on Lake Superior in Keweenaw County near Betsy. You can pack in plenty of family and friends in this five bedroom cottage on the nicest beach you will find anywhere in the U.P. After closing the office, I had showings on houses in Baltic, Laurium, Calumet, and Ahmeek. It is looking like one of the houses in Baltic is going to be a good fit for these buyers. Anyhow, it was nice to get some much needed rain. Enjoy the first weekend of June!

June 3rd, 2010. It was a beautiful day, and an even nicer night. I spent the day in the office, and am about 2/3 of the way caught up. Here is my new listing in Mohawk. Whether you are looking for a year round home, or a vacation getaway, this house is in mint condition, and has a wonderful garage for your toys. After 5:00 tonight, I had showings on 7 houses in Lake Linden, Laurium, Calumet, and Allouez. We are supposed to get some rain over the next few days, so try to stay dry. We need the rain anyhow. Take Care!

June 2nd, 2010. We are back! We had a very busy week in lower Michigan, it would take me forever to tell you all about it. Landon was the star of the show, and everybody was so thrilled to get to see him and hold him. He did a very good job riding on the long trip. At one point there were over 30 people out at our family farm, having all kinds of fun and playing all kinds of games. I managed to get out fishing a few mornings, and did quite well. Now we are finally home, and are busy getting unpacked, and I have a ton of work to get caught up on. Glad to be back, and have a great day!

May 25th, 2010. Today I had lots of things to get wrapped up, as Melissa, Landon and I are heading to lower Michigan tomorrow. My family is very excited to meet little Landon for the first time. He is the first Stein boy in our family since myself being born 30 years ago. I spent quite a bit of time at the timber harvest today, which is nearing completion. I also went up to Little Betsy to take pics and put signs up on my new listing along some beautiful sandy beach. I’ll have the details on here soon. By the way, I really appreciate the comments on the poll question about changing my website. Any input I can get from you, what you like, what you don’t like, is very helpful to me. If you want to e-mail suggestions, e-mail them to josh@statewideofhoughton.com. Anyhow, I got everything wrapped up in the office, and Melissa has most of our things packed. It is amazing how much more needs to be packed due to one tiny human being. My internet access will be somewhat limited while we are down at the family farm, but I’ll try to give an update when possible. If you are traveling this weekend, please be safe! Time for our first road trip with our son!

May 24th, 2010. The word of the day in the Keweenaw was…HOT! The temperatures reached 95 degrees in many areas, which was an all time record setting heat for this time of year. I went up to Mohawk to take pics and put up signs on my new residential listing on Cliff Street. I’ll have the details on here tomorrow. After the office closed, I had showings on seven houses in Coburntown, Boston Location, Calumet, and Centennial Heights. The buyers have narrowed it down to a couple of houses, and are going to get their financing in line before making any offers. When I got home tonight I set up the window air conditioner in our bedroom. We typically don’t need AC all that often up here, in fact I never even used it last year, so this is odd to be setting it up in May. PLEASE vote on the new poll question, as your input is going to be a major determining factor on whether or not I have new website built. Anyhow, lots to do tomorrow. Stay cool!

May 23rd, 2010. The temps were very summer-like today. Saturday I had showings on houses in Baltic, Painesdale, Hubbell, Calumet, Laurium, Copper City, and Mohawk. Sunday my buddy Ross and I went out to the cabin to install a window. It was quite a bit of work taking down siding, removing tongue and groove, and then re-installing everything. All in all it took about 7 hours. I’m still fighting that cold, so I’m feeling a little worn out tonight. Melissa is coming down with the cold now too, which is tough on her while taking care of Landon. Time to get ready for tomorrow, I have lots to do. Have a great week!

May 21st, 2010. Grrr I hate being sick! I had so much that I wanted to do today, but I just didn’t feel good enough to go anywhere. I had some showings for Saturday get cancelled, but I ended up scheduling some new showings with another buyer anyhow. I have plenty of houses to look at tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll feel a little better by then. Landon is growing everyday!

May 20th, 2010. My sore throat was gone this morning, now I’m just stuffy and still feeling a little under the weather. I did feel good enough to go to the office just for a bit, to send out a new listing agreement. I’ve got a couple nice new listings to put on the market within the next few days. I received a price on redesigning my website, now I just need to decide whether or not I want to do it, and whether or not it is worth the money. I’ll be posting a poll question for you to help me decide sometime soon. Enjoy a beautiful Friday!

May 19th, 2010. I never left the couch today. I’m definitely feeling under the weather. Hopefully it won’t last too long, as I have quite a bit of work to do. I’ll try to keep resting for the next day or two, and hopefully be able to get back at it this weekend. Hope you are feeling better than I am.

May 18th, 2010. I covered lots of miles today. In the morning I went to L’anse and looked at some beautiful riverfront property with a log cabin that I should be listing soon. After that I drove up to Point Abbaye to take some updated pics of a listing that I have on Lake Superior. Since I was out that way, I drove up to a timber harvest that I managed about 7 years ago. It was really neat to see the fruits of my labor, and how nice the forest looks now. I took some pics that I’ll share someday soon. When I got back to the office, I sent out a listing agreement for a waterfront cottage near Betsy in Keweenaw County. When I got home, it was just too nice of a day, so Melissa and I decided to go out to the cabin. This was Landon’s first trip to the cabin, so it was neat to get some pictures of him out there. I mowed some grass, and burned all kinds of lumber scraps, cardboard, and some other stuff that had accumulated over the winter. We both ended up wishing that we had brought our stuff to spend the night, but we didn’t. So, now we are home, and time for bed. I’m getting kind of a sore throat, I hope I’m not getting sick, but I probably am. By the way….here is the new listing near Pelkie that I can guarantee you that I will have sold before summer is over. What a price!

May 17th, 2010. It feels like summer! This morning I took pics and entered in a new 13 acre listing near Pelkie. I stopped in the office long enough to complete a land division application for a parcel that I’m selling in Baraga Township. Tonight I went up to Mohawk where I wrote an offer, and got it accepted, on a house that I listed yesterday. We were very fortunate to find some buyers in the neighborhood that were perfect for the house. I’m all set to go check out some riverfront property in L’anse tomorrow morning. Take Care!

May 16th, 2010. It was a pretty busy weekend. Saturday morning we had the burial for Melissa’s grandmother. All of her family was up, so we had a cookout at her parent’s place, and then Sunday we were working on cleaning out her grandma’s house. We got a lot of work done, and everybody really enjoyed the beautiful weather that we had. I know that the walleye fishermen were happy to have such nice weather for opening weekend, as the last couple years have been pretty bad weather. I haven’t really given fishing much thought, but the weather this weekend is making me look forward to it. The nice weather is supposed to continue, so it should be a fantastic week.

May 14th, 2010. It was still cool and windy today, but the sun has come out tonight, and we are ready for beautiful weather this weekend. Most of Melissa’s relatives are coming up this weekend, so we’ll be having a cookout, and spending lots of time with them. They are all very excited to meet Landon. Have you been watching the Bald Eagle Cam? It is amazing how fast that little eaglet is growing. Our leaves are starting to come out, and we’ve been getting some summer birds, such as the Rose Breasted Grosbeak, and an Oriole. There is nothing like summer in the U.P.!

May 13th, 2010. Today was a good day to stay home and help Melissa. I didn’t have any appointments, and it was raining thoughout the day. I was still able to get some work done in my home office anyhow. Landon has been sleeping a lot today, so hopefully that doesn’t mean that he’ll be up more through the night. I did finally find the time to make a new video update from the timber harvest. Check out the forestry journal to read the update, and watch the video. I got another showing request today for this nice cottage on Lake Superior. This place is super clean, peaceful, and a great value. Have a nice Friday!

May 12th, 2010. Sorry I missed typing a journal last night, things got kind of busy, and then it was bedtime. Yesterday I looked at a house in Laurium that I’ll be listing soon. When the seller is in the process of fixing things up before putting it on the market, I like to meet with them to advise them on where their money is best spent. If you are on a budget you need to carefully consider what improvements are worth doing, and which ones aren’t. I spent most of today in the office. I sent out a listing agreement today for a parcel that will sell quickly. We had a photographer over to take pics of Landon, I’m anxious to see the pictures when they are done. Have a nice day!

May 10th, 2010. Today I got the deal signed and accepted for the 20 acre parcel near Pelkie, so congrats to all involved. Once I get the land division approval signed by Baraga Township, we can schedule a closing date. Melissa and her sister took Landon for his first walk in the stroller today, and just like he does on our car rides, he slept right through it. We’re hoping that he travels just as well when he take him to visit my family. Take Care!

May 9th, 2010. Lately it is kind of hard to tell the weekdays from the weekends. Sunday I showed this 20 acre parcel near Pelkie, and ended up writing an offer on the spot. I’m very confident that we’ll have the offer accepted tomorrow. There are still three other 20 acre parcels to chose from, so if you have been watching these properties, it might be time to make your move. We grilled out on Sunday with the in-laws. To all of you mothers out there….Happy Mother’s Day! I am learning a new appreciation for you.

May 7th, 2010. If you saw the deer cam tonight, you noticed that it is snowing in the Keweenaw. It is still snowing while I type this. They are calling for 2 to 7 inches in some areas. It is supposed to be back in the 50′s by Sunday, so it shouldn’t stay long. This morning we officially closed on the cabin off of Brooks Road, so congrats to Walt and Evan! Enjoy your weekend!

May 6th, 2010. Kind of sleepy today, but got quite a bit done. We’re all set for a closing tomorrow morning. Here is my new pole barn listing on 10 acres. It just hit the market yesterday, and we’ve already had three good leads on it. After work, my buddy and I went out to the cabin for a bit. I’m gathering together what lumber I have left over for some upcoming projects. The black flies are starting to come out, another sure sign of summer!

May 5th, 2010. I watched Landon for most of the morning, to give Mom some much needed sleep. It was a busy day in the office after that. Quite a few inquiries from buyers today, and I also had some sellers come in to sign some closing papers. I entered in a new listing near Lake Linden today, and already had a call on it. We’re expecting some colder weather over the next few days, and maybe even some snow. Get your coat back out!

May 4th, 2010. I went out to the timber harvest in the morning, and everything is moving smoothly. I also talked with a landowner nearby who is interested in having me look at his timber as well. Tonight at 7:00 I had a showing on a house on Tamarack Waterworks Road, just off the shore of Lake Superior. The Houghton county real estate market seems to be getting busier and busier as the year goes on. Have you been watching the Bald Eagle Cam? That eaglet is really growing fast!

May 3th, 2010. I hope that May is off to a good start for you. Here is my new 40 acre listing, just outside of Houghton. This is a very good price considering the location of the property. We had our first check up at the hospital today for Landon. He now weighs 7 lbs 6 ounces, so he is healthy and gaining weight. I try not to take it for granted that we were blessed with such a healthy baby. This afternoon Melissa and I actually looked at a house for ourselves, and I ended up writing an offer on it tonight. I’m not very optimistic that we’ll get it, but we’ll see what happens. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

May 2nd, 2010. May is here! This winter really went by fast. My friends from lower Michigan were up this weekend, and they have never been to the western U.P. before. I drove them over 200 miles on Saturday, just trying to show them all of the ‘must see’ sights during their short weekend here. The weather turned out to be great, and we had a really good time. Now it is time to get back to work, and continuing to provide for my family. Lets all have a great week!

April 30th, 2010. This morning I entered in the new 40 acre listing on Tapiola Road. Today was Melissa’s birthday, so her mom watched Landon for a bit and we went out to dinner. She hasn’t really been out of the house, so it was nice for her to get out, if only for an hour. We also ran into some friends at dinner that we haven’t seen for about 9 months, so that was a nice surprise. We had a couple of other friends stop by tonight, our baby is becoming quite popular! Now it is almost 11 pm, and i’m waiting for more even more friends of mine from lower Michigan roll into town. They’ve never been here before, so I was going to help them get settled in and unpacked at their hotel. It is going to be a whirlwind weekend showing them the sights of the Keweenaw.

April 29th, 2010. Today was cloudy and windy. We’re getting all set for our company to get into town tomorrow night. Tomorrow is also Melissa’s birthday. She sure has her hands full as a new mother, but she is doing a fabulous job. If you want to e-mail her any birthday wishes, you can e-mail it to me, and I’ll read them to her. Today I went out to Tapiola to take pictures and put up the sign on the new 40 acre listing. I’ll have the details on here by Sunday night. Landon is wailing while I’m typing this, he has been pretty fussy the last couple of days. Is it Friday already?

April 28th, 2010. Landon is growing cuter everyday. Today I got the paperwork back for a 40 acre parcel that I’ll be listing on Tapiola Road. I spent the day in the office, getting caught up with everything. I’ve got some friends coming up this weekend, and they’ve never been to the western U.P., so I’m looking forward to showing off the beautiful area that I live in. Speaking of friends, I have a friend here in the Keweenaw that is a coppersmith. Check out their website, and take a look at the beautiful items that he makes. Copper sure is beautiful. Why don’t you order something and tell them I sent you, I know they will appreciate it. Uh oh, Landon is fussing, gotta go…

April 27th, 2010. This morning I sent out a purchase agreement on this 20 acre parcel near Pelkie. I’ve had lots of inquiries on this property, so I’m looking forward to getting it sold. Here is my new listing on Lake Medora. Lake Medora is one of the nicest lakes in the Keweenaw, and this lot is the only one I’m aware of for under 100K. Melissa had to run some errands today, so I got to watch Landon for a few hours on my own. I got to bottle feed him, and I got peed on, and I got to change him, so everything went pretty well. Later in the day I showed 20 acres out near Liminga. Now Landon and I are watching the Detroit Tigers on TV. Another nice day!

April 26th, 2010. We had a nice sunny day to start off our week. In the morning I entered in my new listing on Lake Medora. I also sent out paperwork for a new pole building with acreage that I’m listing near Jacobsville. I’ve got all of my stuff together for a showing on a house in Hancock tomorrow morning. Landon already looks so much bigger to me than he did when he was born just over a week ago. We took him outside for a bit today, and he seemed to enjoy the fresh air….for about 30 seconds. Then he passed out and slept for about an hour. I’m looking forward to teaching him all about the outdoors when he gets older. Take Care!

April 25th, 2010. It was a nice weekend in the Keweenaw. Saturday I was able to stay home with Melissa and Landon all day. We seem to be getting the hang of things. He sure is a beautiful baby. Sunday I went up to Lake Medora to check out some properties, but it didn’t take too long. Later her sister came over, and we made shish kabobs on the grill, which turned out great. Have you been checking out the eagle cam? I saw both parents in the nest last night, feeding the little one. Time for the last week of April!

April 23rd, 2010. I had quite a bit of work to do today once again. I had to meet with a seller in the morning to get some paperwork signed. I also sent out a listing agreement for a 40 acre parcel just south of Houghton. After lunch I drove up to Lake Medora to take pics and put up signs on an extra nice lot that I’m putting on the market. It was a beautiful day, by the way, with temps in the high 60′s. I was back by 4:30 where we finally closed on the house on Crestwood (Sylvan Estates). Also, please take a look at this very nice cabin close to Lake Superior out by McLain State Park. These are the types of properties that really sell well for me. Melissa’s mom and sister have been very helpful by coming over and helping with Landon while I’m working. I swear that the kid gets slightly bigger everyday. It is a lot of work, but we are really enjoying parenthood. Have a very nice weekend!

April 22nd, 2010. Today was a bit cool, but a nice sunny day in the Keweenaw. In the morning I had to go out to the timber harvest in Rabbit Bay. Everything is looking good, I took some video that I’ll try to post on here within the next few days. In the afternoon I went out by McLain State Park to take pictures of a new listing. It is a very nice cabin on 10 acres just off the shores of Lake Superior. I’ll post the details on here within the next day or two. Landon is doing great. Our friends Ross and Amanda came over to see him tonight, and he went pee all over Amanda, which I thought was hilarious. I guess we shouldn’t have laughed too hard because he went pee all over Melissa just an hour later. He is so little that even these newborn diapers seem slightly loose on him. He is laying here next to me with his eyes open as I’m typing this. I’m watching him for the next two hours while Melissa sleeps, and then when she gets up I’ll go take my turn for sleeping. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a nice Friday!

April 21st, 2010. The first night home with Landon went about as expected. Melissa didn’t sleep all night, and I was in and out. He is doing great anyhow. I had to go to work today for a bit. We had the closing on the 10 acre parcel, so congrats to Gary and Nate. I’m working on putting together some new listings. I got back home as quickly as I could, and we’re working on getting somewhat of a routine going with our new family. We keep learning as we go. I’ve been hearing from some of you that the Eagle Nest Cam has been fun to watch. Many have watched the little eaglet getting fed by it’s mother. I also had a credible source tell me that they saw a pheasant on my deer cam this morning. I’ve never seen one yet, but I do know that there are some around. I didn’t want to flood ‘pic of the day’ with baby pictures, but I’ve been getting e-mails asking for more, so I’ll be sure to keep some coming. Take Care!

April 20th, 2010. We’re home! They finally let us out tonight, and we’re home for our first night with Landon. Everything has been going great, he has gotten the hang of feeding, and is feeding frequently. He is a very content little boy, so far he doesn’t cry much, and if he does, he doesn’t cry long. It is a really weird feeling leaving the hospital for the first time, knowing you are totally responsible for this little person. I got a lot of real estate calls the last few days, and I feel bad because it was hard to keep up with everything from the hospital. I have a closing in the morning, and I guess I’m as ready for work as I can be. By the way, we really appreciate each and every e-mail that we received from all of you. It has been fun sharing this experience with you. Time to get used to very little sleep for awhile. Cya!

April 18th, 2010. Landon Richard Stein was born at 6:58 AM. He weighs 6 lbs 10 oz, and is 21 inches long. Melissa has been through a lot, and she is ready for some well deserved sleep. Check out ‘Pic of the Day’ to see him. I can’t even describe how happy I am. Wow.

April 17th, 2010. What a long 24 hours it has been. I can’t even imagine how much longer it has been for Melissa. It is 9:00 pm, and we are at the hospital. She is still having very strong contractions, but the Doctor thinks that it will still be several hours until she is ready to deliver. They have given her some medication to help her try and get some rest now. She hasn’t slept a wink since Thursday night, and I’ve only slept about two hours. Anyhow, we are going to try and rest, and we are hoping for a smooth delivery sometime soon. Thanks for your e-mails of encouragement.

April 17th, 2010. It is now 3:00 pm on Saturday, and no baby yet. She is still having contractions every 5 minutes, and they are getting more intense, but we’re still waiting.

April 17th, 2010. UPDATE It is 1:30 AM, and Melissa woke me up and said that we need to go to the hospital. We’re heading there now…..

April 16th, 2010. How was your Friday? Ours was pretty uneventful. I spent just a few hours in the office, working on a couple of different closings that will occur next week. Melissa is feeling ‘cramps’ (contractions?) about every 15 to 20 minutes, and I’ve been writing down the times just to keep track. We’ll just keep waiting, and let the baby come out on his own terms. Even though I don’t typically write a journal on Saturday nights, I’ll try to post something short and sweet if/when we go to the hospital this weekend. Have a great weekend!

April 15th, 2010. Today was tax day. I hope you got your returns in on time. This morning I had a closing on the 12 acre parcel on Brooks Road, so congrats to Walt. I really thought we were going to have the baby today, but it didn’t happen. There are definitely some things happening that lead us to believe that the time is getting close. Maybe tonight?

April 14th, 2010. Still no baby. I’ve realized something today. Because of my job, I am in charge of a lot of scheduling. I am constantly scheduling listing appointments, showings, appraisals, home inspections, health department evaluations, closings, etc. Because of this, I feel a little frustrated having no control over when this baby comes out. I wish I could just know when it is going to happen! I guess we’ll see what tomorrow brings. Today at the office I got everything ready to go for a closing that will take place in the morning. Here is one of my new listings, 9 lots right in the city of Houghton. This is a very unique opportunity to build your private home in a great area. Anyhow, back to waiting for the baby.

April 13th, 2010. Today was the due date….but no baby yet. There are a few minor signs that lead us to believe that it could happen any day now. I’m really excited for the big day to come. Melissa is still working full time until our big day arrives. Finnish women are tough cookies. Today I signed the papers on a really nice cabin listing near Lake Superior. I’ll have details soon. Here are the details on a new waterfront parcel that I just listed near Copper Harbor. I am taking extra efforts this year to be sure that my listings are priced to sell, as compared to the comparable properties in the area. Anyhow, maybe tomorrow will be the day for baby boy Stein…or tonight? Who knows?

April 12th, 2010. I spent the morning out at the Rabbit Bay Timber Harvest. It is nice and dry out there, and everything is moving along. The loggers weren’t there today, so I wasn’t able to get any video footage. I’m happy to have this amazing property back on the market, at a reduced price. Did you see the newly hatched eagle? Also, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. Lastly….Tuesday is Melissa’s official due date…..

April 11th, 2010. There was a cute little baby born this weekend! But it wasn’t ours. ;) Check out the Bald Eagle Cam, where you’ll see that her egg finallly hatched, and she has a cute little one to take care of. Pretty neat stuff. Saturday I entered four new listings into the MLS. I went to a charity banquet that night, which was a good time. Anyhow, Melissa is due on Tuesday, so we are getting VERY close!

April 9th, 2010. Today I listed 9 lots in the city of Houghton. In the afternoon, I went up north to check out some new properties that I’ll be listing on Lake Medora, as well as Lake Superior. Tonight Melissa and I went to the Pilgrim River Steakhouse with some friends. Still no signs of the baby wanting to come out. Have a great weekend!

April 8th, 2010. Things were somewhat back to normal in the Copper Country today as there was light snow in the air most of the day. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now a decrease in activity on the deer cam. This is to be expected for this time of year. The deer are now content to browse in their natural habitat, now that the snow is gone. The green field that you see on cam is a mix of rye and oats. The feeder has basically stopped working, and I’m going to end up getting a new one, but not until fall. The deer will typically prefer browsing on the new green growth, rather than eating corn and/or pellets. There will still be plenty of activity, but most of it will be at dusk and dawn now, as the deer transition back into their normal behavior. The bucks should start growing their velvet covered antlers anytime now. Have a nice Friday!

April 7th, 2010. This morning was all about signs. I took down signs on some sold properties, and put up new signs on new listings. I spent the afternoon in the office, where I got a lot done. I have quite a few closings coming up, so we’re getting everything ready to go. Melissa is still feeling great. I’ve always got my cellphone ready, since you never know when labor might begin. I’m really getting anxious to meet my son.

April 6th, 2010. I hope that your week is going well. I’m happy to have re-listed this very nice cabin on Lake Superior. It is in a great setting. After getting my work done today, I ended up out at the cabin, where we installed some new doors to replace the old ones that I didn’t really like. There sure is a difference between cheap hollow core doors, and nice solid panel doors. I’ll be sure to post a pic of them on here soon. Also, my Aunt Judy sent me this link of a raven stealing an egg out of the bald eagle’s nest. Watch the clip here. Very sad to see. But, one thing I’ve learned from when I worked on Isle Royale is that nature is not like what you see on Walt Disney movies. It can be very cruel. That is the circle of life I guess. Take Care!

April 5th, 2010. Another nice day today. I entered in a new listing for 40 acres near Lake Linden. I’ll have details soon. Here is a new waterfront listing near Chassell that I just put on the market. This parcel easily has the lowest price on the stretch of shoreline from Houghton to Baraga. I can definitely feel that summer is coming, as my phone is starting to ring daily with new buyers and new sellers. I hope that you are enjoying the Eagle Cam!

April 4th, 2010. The countdown to the due date is only about 8 days! We kind of layed low this weekend, but we did enjoy a nice dinner for Easter at the in-laws on Sunday. Melissa hasn’t had any early contractions or signs of labor, so we’re just taking each day as it comes at us. I can’t stop thinking about all of the things that I feel like I need to get done soon. As far as the bear cam goes, it looks Lily has decided that it is time to take her cub out of the den, and teach it the ways of the wild. I did add a new cam this weekend, the ‘Bald Eagle’s Nest Cam’. This is a very interesting cam. The eagle is keeping the eggs warm, and I have no idea when they are going to hatch, so keep checking it out. I also love the sound on that cam, it makes you feel like you are outside, even if you are home, or stuck in the office. Check it out.

April 2nd, 2010. Today was a long day. I spent about 4.5 hours on the road, and covered over 600 acres of timberland, mostly on foot. I’m looking at a couple more potential timber harvests to work on this year. One of them looks like a go, the other may not be ready yet. Everybody was happy today, with the temps being in the high 70′s. When I finally got home tonight, we grilled out for the first time this year. Enjoy your weekend!

April 1st, 2010. I sent an e-mail to about 20 people this morning with ‘Melissa is in labor’ in the subject line. They were all disappointed when they opened the e-mail to read…”April Fools”. Hopefully nobody played any pranks on you for April Fool’s Day. Today I had a showing up in Copper Harbor that went very well. After that I had to run to Marquette to pick up some things from Menards. I ended up being on the road for about 6 hours today, so it feels good to finally be home. Is it Friday already?

March 31st, 2010. Today was very productive. Everybody was out and about with the weather hitting the 70 degree mark. I put the battery in my ATV, and got it running for the year. I’ll need it for Friday, as I have over 600 acres I need to look at. I entered in two new listings, which of course I’ll post the details on within the next couple days. In the afternoon I put together an accepted offer on the Brooks road cabin. That listing didn’t last long, as I predicted. Congrats to Evan and Walt. Enjoy the weather!

March 30th, 2010. Temperatures in the 60′s feel great! I see that Lily the bear left the den today, but I’m betting that she’ll be back. We’ll see. I sent out a listing agreement today for a nice cottage on Lake Superior. After closing the office, I had a showing on a very nice house in Houghton near the elementary school. I was figuring out my schedule for Thursday and Friday, and it looks like I’ll be driving over 400 miles for work over those two days. I cover a big territory up here. Take Care!

March 29th, 2010. Today I put the wheels in motion for the closing on the 10 acre parcel near Mass City. It shouldn’t take too long, it mostly depends on how quickly the township will approve the land division. The Michigan Land Division Act requires that if you are breaking off any parcel smaller than 40 acres, you must get approval from your local township assessor. Today I got the surveys needed to go look at some new potential listings. We’ll see what happens. I have actually turned down several listings over the years, if the seller isn’t realistic about the price. I don’t believe in putting my sign on a property if I don’t think that I can sell it. We’re ready for the warm weather coming this week! Oh, and there is a new poll question for you to vote on.

March 28th, 2010. Another weekend has flown by. Saturday I had a showing on the cabin property just outside of Hancock. The showing went well, and the buyers said that they are very interested, so we’ll see what happens. Sunday I got a deal put together on this 10 acre parcel near Mass City. I received a couple of other phone calls on Sunday, so there is a good amount of inquiries from buyers right now. I’ve read some publications that are saying that interest rates are expected to start creeping up by the end of spring. They don’t predict a dramatic increase, but they think that the rates are as low now as they are going to be. We’ll see what happens. March is almost over!

March 26th, 2010. Today was sunny, but cold. I ended up showing this 40 acre parcel near Pelkie. It went well, we’ll see what happens. Right now I’m getting some GPS coordinates ready for other showings that I have this weekend. Tonight Melissa and I went to dinner with a friend of ours at Quincy’s in Dollar Bay. Lots of baby talk. Have a great weekend!

March 25th, 2010. Today the temps dropped back down to where they should be for this time of year. We FINALLY got the final approval we needed to close on the ‘short sale’ for the house in Hancock. All in all, the process will have taken about 4 months. You’ll notice I have changed the bear cam link just a bit, for faster viewing. Let me know if any of you have any trouble viewing it. I hope that you have a nice Friday!

March 24th, 2010. Today I got the signatures back on an offer for my 800 acre parcel in Keweenaw county. We’ll see where it goes from here. In the afternoon, Melissa and I had our weekly appointment with the doctor. The baby is growing by the day, and his heartbeat still sounds great. He has been kicking a lot. In fact, rather than hold my hand on her stomach, I can simply see her stomach moving. I got a showing request today for the new cabin listing near Brooks road, so I’m looking forward to that. Have a good day!

March 23rd, 2010. Today we had the funeral for Melissa’s grandmother, who passed away on Friday. After that we spent the rest of the day with family up there. Back to work tomorrow.

March 22nd, 2010. We’re off and running with another week. We’ve got the baby’s room pretty much ready. Today I purchased an I-Phone. There are many useful applications, especially some that are made for Realtors. I’ve been getting e-mails from people saying that there has been good action on the ‘bear den cam’ lately, so be sure to check it out. Be sure to keep e-mailing me pics for ‘pic of the day’, my e-mail is josh@statewideofhoughton.com. Thanks!

March 21st, 2010. I hope that you enjoyed your weekend. Saturday I went and listed a new parcel on Lake Superior in Chassell Township. Only 79K for 262 feet along the lake, with a new driveway already put in. I’m pretty excited about that one. Sunday morning I hung out at the cabin for awhile, and then spent the rest of the day up at the in-laws. I’m ready for another busy week. Take Care!

March 19th, 2010. Today I mailed out a listing agreement for the waterfront parcel I looked at in Copper Harbor yesterday. The ‘nesting’ continues in preparation for the baby. We spent most of Friday assembling an armoire, bassinet, pack and play, and the stroller/car seat. We saw some snow in the air today too, which I kind of liked. Have a nice weekend!

March 18th, 2010. I hope you had a nice Thursday. After opening up the office, I went up to Copper Harbor to check out a waterfront parcel that I’m working on listing. Every night I get phone calls from family and friends all wanting to know how Melissa is feeling. We’re getting down to the wire. I’ve still got some more work to do to get the baby’s room 100% ready. Enjoy your Friday!

March 17th, 2010. Well here it is. This is my new listing that I’m very confident will sell quickly. I get lots of inquiries for property like this, and this one is in a great location and setting. I’m still busy trying to get my ‘honey-do’ list of things done before the baby is born. Take Care!

March 16th, 2010. Today I entered in my new listing near Brooks Road, just outside of Hancock. I can’t wait to show you the pics tomorrow. I started putting together the closing folder for the recent purchase agreement on the Hancock house. I spent quite a bit of time washing my truck today, which seems kind of pointless. As soon as I’m out in the woods again, which is often, it will be right back to filthy. Tonight we went to the Michigan Tech game here at the SDC, where the girls managed another win, advancing them to the ‘Elite 8′. They’ll have to travel to Missouri now, to finish out the tournament. It was nice to see all the seniors win their last home game. This was truly the best team in Tech history. Have a good day!

March 15th, 2010. Almost 60 degrees today! It feels so weird to see open water in the Portage Canal already. Today I went out to Brooks Road to take pics of a new listing that I’m pretty excited about. Also, today we officially got the deal together on the house in Hancock, so congrats to Brian! I went out to the cabin tonight, and heard a pack of wolves howling just before dark. I’ve seen tracks on a property not far from mine, but I have never seen any on my property…yet. Speaking of interesting wildlife, if any of you ever see any interesting activity on the deer cam (bear, wolves, coyote, bobcat), please send me an e-mail and let me know about it. Better yet, if you ever see something interesting, you can simply right click on the cam image, click ‘save picture as’, and save that image to your computer. Maybe somebody will capture a bear or something this spring that we can put on ‘pic of the day’. Enjoy the weather!

March 14th, 2010. Have you sprung ahead? I’m sure you’ve all adjusted your clocks for the time change by now. The weekend went by pretty fast. Saturday morning I had a showing on a house in Tamarack City. Sunday we went to round 2 of the NCAA girls tournament, where Michigan Tech managed another win against Findlay. They’ve now advanced to the ‘sweet 16′, where they’ll play Drury here in Houghton on Tuesday. I played some basketball myself in Dollar Bay afterwards. Melissa and I are now less than 1 month from our due date for the baby! Hard to believe.

March 12th, 2010. I hope that your Friday went well. Tonight Melissa and I went to Round 1 of the NCAA tournament here in Houghton. Michigan Tech defeated Northern Kentucky by 20 points, so they are off to a good start. I need to look at a couple of new listings this weekend. We are losing snow fast!

March 11th, 2010. Today was pretty busy. We’re still in negotiations for the house in Hancock. Here is my new listing in the city of Houghton. This is one of the most interesting properties on the market, and I am absolutely determined to sell it. Very good investment. Tonight at 6:00 I had a showing on a nice cabin near Twin Lakes. The showing went well. It would be a perfect fit for the buyers. Time to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. Take Care!

March 10th, 2010. It is raining here, which is going to make for some very sloppy conditions. I’d like to say ‘hello’ to the many new visitors who have been coming over from the Earthcam website. I hope that you’ll enjoy the daily updates here, as well as the webcam. Today I entered in a new listing in the city of Houghton that I’ll feature here tomorrow. I also sent out a listing agreement for a really neat cabin on 19 acres just outside of Hancock. By the way, some of you have been asking me if all of the brown in the snow on the webcam is deer feed. It is not, it is actually just mud as they have packed the snow down and now it is melting away. The copper country ground is starting to get sloppy. Enjoy your day!

March 9th, 2010. Today I had a second showing on a house in Hancock, and we ended up writing an offer. We are still negotiating, so we’ll see what happens. To get the first time buyer tax credit, you must have a house under contract by April 30th, and close on it by June 30th. We have a handful of people still trying to get in on this great program. Here is my new listing near Jacobsville. Nice buy on a nice parcel. Time for dinner. Have a good day.

March 8th, 2010. Temps in the 50′s! It feels weird already hearing a robin singing. In the morning I snowshoed around a property with one of my clients, to help him figure out the property lines. The phones were pretty busy at the office today. It seems like as the temperatures heat up, so does real estate. I was very excited today when I got an e-mail from Earth Cam, informing me that their editors picked my Upper Peninsula Deer Cam as one of their ‘top 10′. Thank you to any of you that have sent a link to it to friends, family, co-workers, etc. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

March 7th, 2010. The copper country was busy this weekend as everybody was curing their cabin fever. With temps in the mid 40′s, everybody was out and about, walking, running, and just enjoying our beautiful peninsula. Melissa had her baby shower on Saturday, and everything went great. We received many gifts that will be very helpful when the baby is born. We are very grateful for everybody’s generosity. Saturday night we went to the Michigan Tech girl’s basketball game. It was the GLIAC conference finals game against Northern Michigan University. Tech won a very good game, so congrats to them on another great season. I have a new update on the Forestry Journal, so feel free to check out another video clip of the action.

March 5th, 2010. The spring-like conditions are still here. The weather forced the road commission to enforce the road restrictions until spring. This means that the loggers will not be able to truck anymore wood off of the job until they lift the restrictions in the spring. Today I entered in the new listing in Jacobsville. I’ll post some details Sunday night. Tomorrow is Melissa’s baby shower, which is going to be quite the event. The days are flying by.

March 4th, 2010. Today was pretty busy. I showed a few houses in the early afternoon. It went pretty well, one of the houses really stood out. We’ll see what happens. After that I went down to Jacobsville to put up signs and take pics of a nice new listing. Then I drove over to Rabbit Bay to check on my timber harvest. Everything is moving along at a very good pace, but it would be nice if the temps would go back to freezing, otherwise the ground can end up getting too soft. I’m sure this heat wave won’t last long. Before dark, I went and checked out a new potential timber sale on 40 acres outside of Houghton. That parcel really needs to be thinned, and has a lot of potential. I did take some videos today for the forestry journal, but I don’t have time to put them on tonight. Look for them soon. Hopefully your Friday goes by quickly!

March 3rd, 2010. I put the new lens on the webcam this morning, you may have noticed that it is zoomed in slightly closer than before. In the afternoon, I officially got the deal together on a property near Hancock that I listed two days ago. Congrats to Walt. Tomorrow I’m heading to Jacobsville to take pics and put up signs on a new listing. It was another beautiful sunny day. I’m loving it. See ya!

March 2nd, 2010. We have been very lucky to have so many mild days this winter. It got close to 40 degrees, which feels pretty good compared to what it should be. I’m pretty pleased with the amount of inquiries I’m getting from buyers as of late. If you have property to sell, I would try to get it on the market soon, as spring will be here before you know it. People that I talk to typically assume that real estate stops in the winter up here. This is not true. I’ve closed over $750,000 in volume since this January. Summer is probably our busiest time of year, but plenty of deals are done in the winter months. Have a good day!

March 1st, 2010. March is here! I sent out a purchase agreement on one of my new listings today, which is a great way to start the month. Thank you very much to those of you that e-mailed me pics for ‘pic of the day’. We’ve got a nice variety coming up this week. Keep them coming. Also a big thank you to those of you that have donated money towards the deer feed. It really helps a lot, and it is much appreciated. I’ve been able to purchase 100 lbs of feed with it so far, which will keep the deer happy for several days. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

February 28th, 2010. February has come and gone, and Melissa and I are getting very close to parenthood. We had a busy Saturday. I opened up the office in the morning, and then in the early afternoon we went to the Michigan Tech Women’s basketball game. They defeated Saginaw Valley in a pretty close game. In the evening, we went to the Michigan Tech hockey game where State Wide had rented the President’s Skybox for the evening. A good time was had by all, and it sure was fun way to watch the game. If you haven’t already noticed, I FINALLY have the deer cam automatically refreshing! All you have to do now is sit back and watch, and the webcam will automatically update for you every 10 seconds. This will make it much easier to enjoy the action. Have a great week!

February 26th, 2010. Friday went by pretty quickly. I reduced the price on my beautiful cabin listing near Covington. All of the paperwork came back, and the acreage near Kenton is officially closed. Congrats to buyer Brett and seller Dennis. We had friends over tonight to play Monopoly, and it ended up lasting for about 4 hours. We have a busy day tomorrow, so I had better get to bed.

February 25th, 2010. The sun came back out today, which always seems to be a blessing up here in the winter. I had to go mess with the deer feeder in the morning, and it seems to be working again. In the afternoon I went out to Rabbit Bay to check on the timber harvest that officially began yesterday. I was really pleased with how everything looks. Please check out the ‘Forestry Journal’, to see the latest video update.

February 24th, 2010. Light, fluffy snow continues to fall. I spent the day in the office. We’re closing Friday on the Kenton parcel. Eight days from originally showing the property until closing, not bad. The loggers have moved their equipment into the property for the timber harvest, so I’ll get out there at some point tomorrow to take some pics and videos. I’ve had e-mails from people wanting to know how they could make a donation to the deer feeding project. To make it easy, you’ll notice a new link on the left (Help feed a U.P. Deer), and also a ‘donate’ link below the cam. Paypal is very easy and secure. No obligation, but donations of any size will go along way in assisting with the feeding program. The nighttime viewing is great when the motion light is on, but the infrared lens is still lacking once the light goes off. I have ordered an infrared illuminator to try and improve this. Take Care!

February 23rd, 2010. Our nice weather is about over, and the snow is starting to fall. We’re supposed to get several inches overnight. Today we closed on the large parcel with 1100 feet along Lake Superior in Keweenaw County. Congrats to buyer Robert and seller Al. If you are reading this at night, you are noticing that the new deer cam is up and running. The night viewing is vastly improved, I’m very happy. The only thing I don’t like is that the cam is making the feeder appear about twice as far away as it really is. I already have a new lens on the way that will bring it in closer. I’m still waiting for help in getting my image to refresh automatically. Hopefully someday soon I’ll have this thing to the point where I’m happy with it. Have a nice day!

February 22nd, 2010. I know that this nice weather can’t last much longer. My truck battery has been acting kind of weak lately, and this morning it was dead. So I ended up putting a new battery in it today. I sent out the paperwork for a new listing today. I’m still making slow progress on my ‘short sale’ in Hancock. Do you know how to e-mail a picture? Do you have a nice picture? Are you really going to make me come up with every picture for ‘pic of the day’? E-mail me a nice pic at josh@statewideofhoughton.com. Thanks!

February 21st, 2010. The sun continued to shine throughout the weekend. Saturday I met up with some clients to show them around a property that they recently purchased. We had a nice time looking at their newly acquired piece of the Keweenaw. By the way, check out the price reduction on this foreclosure waterfront lot on Portage Lake. This is one of the best deals on Portage. Sunday was a good reminder to myself how dangerous it is to snowmobile alone. Just before dark, I was heading south out of Keweenaw county when I got the brilliant idea to take a shortcut off the main trail. Long story short, I got my snowmobile extremely stuck, and I ended up knee deep in freezing cold water. I had no hope of getting it out myself, so I had to walk quite a distance to the main trail. I finally flagged down three young riders, and they helped me pull the machine out. I then got home as quickly as possible, since I was dripping wet and plenty cold. No more riding alone off trail for me. Time for the last week in February!

February 19th, 2010. Another nice day in the Keweenaw. I got the paperwork together for a quick closing on the Kenton parcel. I’m also looking at a couple of new properties that I should be listing soon. I read in the paper that another snowmobile went through the ice on the Portage Canal. If you are a snowmobiler, STAY OFF THE CANAL! The Portage Canal has a major current, much like a river, and does not freeze well. The bridge is lowered specifically so you can safely snowmobile across, so why risk your life? People have gone through the ice literally every year since I’ve lived here. Anyhow, we rode up to Copper Harbor tonight with some friends and had a great dinner at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. I’m so happy that the Lodge is open during the winter now. They have the nicest fireplaces around. Have a nice weekend!

February 18th, 2010. Today I covered a couple hundred miles in the truck. It was another sunny day, which made for a beautiful day on the road. I had a showing on my 4 acre listing in Kenton. We ended up writing a purchase agreement on the spot, and I already got the deal signed and accepted in the afternoon. Happy buyers and happy sellers are what it’s all about. You’ll notice a new ‘guard’ on the deer feeder that I put on tonight. The deer previously were able to reach in with their tongue and pull feed out. That was a problem in two ways. One was that their saliva would freeze on the moving parts, and cause problems with the feeder getting stuck. The other is that overnight, they were nearly emptying the drum on their own. Now they shouldn’t be able to reach it with their tongue, and the feeder can broadcast the feed like it is supposed to. By the way, the feeder is programmed to go off at 8:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. You can usually expect to see deer shortly after any of those times. They have definitely learned to come eat when they hear the sound of the feeder going off. Have a nice Friday!

February 17th, 2010. We had some sunshine today, which is always a nice sight. I had to go to Watersmeet today, which took up a good chunk of the day. We officially closed on the 50 acre parcel near Elo, so congrats to Jim & Lynn! After closing down the office tonight, I went to a card game with some other local businessmen. It was pretty fun. It is amazing how those guys can be so successful at business, yet be so bad at cards ;) There is a new poll question for you to vote on.

February 16th, 2010. Another day has flown by. Most of the morning I worked at home on taxes. After a couple of hours in the office, I went up to the hospital to meet Melissa for a scheduled appointment. The baby’s heartbeat still sounds great, and Melissa’s measurements are right on schedule. Today we got a tour of the birthing facility. Her due date is April 13th, and I have a feeling that it will be here before you know it!

February 15th, 2010. We really ended up getting a lot of snow. It was nice snow though, real light and fluffy. I sent out the closing statements today for a closing that will occur on Wednesday. Today I ordered a new webcam, one with night vision. Once it gets all set up, the after dark viewing should be much improved. I’m hoping to have the new one up and running sometime next week. I spent about 4 hours tonight working on income taxes, one of my least favorite times of year. Have a nice day!

February 14th, 2010. Happy Valentine’s Day! Saturday we went to a birthing class all day. We both learned a lot. The more I learn about the whole pregnancy process, the more amazed I am. It truly is a miracle. We spent most of Sunday watching the Winter Olympics. You’ll notice that many of the links on the left side of the page are in different locations. I got rid of a few links that were rarely used. You’ll notice that the links are much more organized now. I’ve put all of the links that pertain to real estate in one segment, non-real estate links in another, webcams, and then forestry. I’m sure you’ll quickly get used to the changes, and it will make it much easier for new users to navigate. Speaking of new users, please send a link to my website to one of your friends, I’d appreciate it. Lets have a great week!

February 12th, 2010. It was a nice sunny day in the Keweenaw. I had appointments all morning, and then in the afternoon Melissa and I went for a ride to the cabin. Around 4:00 pm, I had deer within 5 feet of me on the deer cam again. If you actually saw this today, e-mail me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com, and let me know. Melissa took some pictures. I’m looking at buying a new webcam with infrared night vision. I’m still in the process of trying to justify spending that kind of money. We’ll see what happens. I’ve had people ask what I’m feeding the deer. It isn’t corn. I’m actually feeding a high protein pellet mix, that is endorsed by the DNR and Keweenaw Whitetails. This pellet mix is much healthier than corn, and gives deer what they need to make it though the long winters. Unfortunately it keeps clogging up in my feeder, so I’ve had to go out there every other day to make it work. I made some modifications today that hopefully will keep it working, so I don’t have to drive 75 miles round trip every other day. It is a lot of work trying to keep you all entertained ;)

February 11th, 2010. Today we had a closing on a nice parcel near Baraga. Congrats to Becky! Later in the afternoon, I also closed on the foreclosure lot on Rice Lake. The buyers of that lot got a very good deal. After work, Melissa and I went over to some friends for dinner and to play cards. I’m sure you saw deer on the website yesterday, as they were out there pretty much all day long. I’m pretty tired tonight, so I’m going to head to bed.

February 10th, 2010. If you were watching the deer cam today at about 3:00, you saw something pretty neat. I’ve been having lots of problems with the feeder, so I was working on it this afternoon. While I was working on it, a curious and obviously hungry deer began approaching me. She ended up within 5 yards of me, while I threw her a little feed, that she gladly ate. It was a very cool encounter. Deer behave very differently in the winter, when filling their belly is their one and only priority. Tonight I was working on getting paperwork completed for a ‘short sale’. For the few of you that don’t know, a ‘short sale’ is when the house sells for less than what the owner owes the bank on the property. It is a long and tedious process. It is almost comical to me how banks operate sometimes. You send them everything they need, and then wait for weeks without any updates or information from them. Then, when they finally e-mail you forms that they need from you, the e-mail says that they need everything back and signed within 3 days or else the whole deal will be terminated. We wait forever, then they need it now. But, they have all of the power in these situations, so all we can do is exactly what they ask in order to keep the deal moving forward. Closing statements across the country have all changed now as well. The idea was to make them clearer for buyers and sellers, but many could contend that they are now less clear. With the constant changes and evolution of this industry, I know one thing for sure. Now more than ever, you really need to work with a real estate professional.

February 9th, 2010. I spent most of the day in the office. We are getting some calls from first time home buyers who are anxious to get in on the action before the program expires. The program has been extended to April 30th. If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, you can search for it online, or simply click here. This really is a great opportunity. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

February 8th, 2010. Back at it. Got a call today about a potential new listing on Rice Lake. I get a lot of questions from people wanting to know how our market has been. This is what I’ve seen. The residential market here has still been quite steady in sales and value (I’m talking about Houghton/Hancock in particular). Recreational properties have seen the most change. Land still seems to be selling well, the main difference is that there is a lot more land for sale than what used to be available. This is starting to move some of the land prices down, but only slightly. What it boils down to is that with more land available, the properties that are particularly a good value are the ones that are going to go. If a property isn’t priced right, it is likely to stay on the market. Another big difference is the average sale price of land. It seems that many of the less expensive properties (25K and below), are becoming more attractive. The larger parcels seem to be selling at a slower pace. This leads to my opinion about the waterfront market. Waterfront properties have slown down quite significantly. I mainly believe that this ties in with the trend that people just haven’t been wanting to spend big money on vacation properties. I think that our vacant land values have stabilized, but I do think that waterfront values may still dip a little. This is my current take on our market. All in all, we definitely can’t complain compared to many other areas in Michigan, or the country for that matter. Our market overall is very stable as compared to many areas. Slow and steady wins the race?

February 7th, 2010. I’m sure that many of you watched the Super Bowl. It was a good game, and the Saints deserved the victory. Not much else happened this weekend. I originally thought I was going to be showing some property, but the buyers had to cancel. Melissa is looking more pregnant by the day, and the baby has really been kicking a lot. Time to get ready for another week.

February 5th, 2010. The weeks keep flying by. We officially closed on the Lake Linden parcel, and we also closed on the lots near Tamarack City. After leaving the office, I went up to Copper Harbor to check out a foreclosure property. We stopped at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to warm up for a bit on the way back. The lodge is open year round now, which is a great thing. Nothing like a big crackling fireplace on a cold winter day. Houghton is staying very busy with Winter Carnival. Get out and enjoy the beauty of winter!

February 4th, 2010. I got plenty of exercise today. I went out to Rabbit Bay to mark the cutting boundaries on my new timber management project. I covered about 3 miles through the snow and thick woods today. It always feels great to spend a day in the deep woods. For this project, I’m planning on showing you the entire process from start to finish. I’ve created a Forestry Journal, and will be providing pictures and videos along the way. For future reference, you can find the link on the left side of the main page, near the bottom under the “Forestry” column. Please enjoy today’s video. I’ll sleep good tonight!

February 3rd, 2010. We had pretty nice weather today. The sun doesn’t come out all that often in the snow country, so it sure is a nice break when it makes an appearance. We wrote a counter offer today on the house near Dollar Bay that I’m working on selling. I put some brighter bulbs in the floodlight for the deer cam. It is still dimmer than I’d like, I’m going to have to try to change some settings in the cam itself to see if that will help. Tonight we met some friends and walked around the MTU campus for ‘all nighter’. Tonight all of the student organizations are working around the clock trying to finish up their ice sculptures. Winter Carnival is a great time in Houghton!

February 2nd, 2010. So far I’ve still been keeping myself busy preparing for upcoming closings. I have the motion light set up for the deer cam. I already saw some deer on it tonight. The cam doesn’t seem to be displaying it as bright as it seemed with the naked eye. I’m going to put some more powerful bulbs in it within the next day or two. The biggest problem right now is that the automatic feeder isn’t working even with a new battery. I don’t know if it just isn’t made to operate in the cold, or whether I may need to get a new feeder all together. This is already getting to be an expensive project to broadcast these deer, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end. Take Care!

February 1st, 2010. February is here! I’m very happy to see that there has plenty of action on the ‘deer cam’. I’m still trying to get it to automatically refresh, so you’ll have to manually refresh it for a little while yet. The best times to see deer are usually in early morning or late afternoon, but I’ve actually been seeing them many times throughout the day. I also know that some of you have been having some problems viewing the new ‘bear den cam’, so I fixed the problem today. Check it out again if you haven’t, I was just listening to the cub squawking as I’m typing this. Tonight I had a showing on a home on Portage Lake, but it failed to impress any of us. Have a good day!

January 31st, 2010. January is here and gone. We’re one month closer to becoming parents. This weekend I got the crib put together, and a changing table. As the baby room materializes, it all becomes very real that we are getting close. I’ve got plenty to do this week, and I’m ready to get at it. Lets all have a great week!

January 29th, 2010. Today Melissa had the day off, so she went with me down to Baraga to pick up some “State Wide Real Estate” hats that I ordered. We stopped at the cabin for a bit on the way back. It was a beautiful day out (a comfy 9 degrees), I wish I had remembered to bring my camera. Tonight I ended up meeting a buyer at the office to write an offer on a house. Hopefully the deal ends up coming together. I noticed today that there was some action on the ‘deer cam’. Have a great weekend!

January 28th, 2010. Single digit temperatures are keeping the Keweenaw frozen. There hasn’t been many deer on the cam for a couple of days, I guess they are just staying in the swamps, where it is slightly warmer, and out of the wind. This week has mostly consisted of paperwork, but at least it is ‘warm’ work. Melissa’s belly continues to grow, as we near the April 13th due date. Our life is about to change forever!

January 27th, 2010. It was extremely cold today! This morning I met with landowners to go over the forest management plan. Everything is moving along smoothly. I hope to get things started next week. I ended up showing a couple of houses in Dollar Bay today, and the showings went well. The buyer is trying to meet the deadline to utilize the first time home buyer tax credit. Let it snow!

January 26th, 2010. The colder weather is here, and for some reason, I like it better. It just seems less sloppy out when things are frozen. Today I got everything finalized for two upcoming closings, and I have more to prepare for tomorrow. Tonight at home I spent several hours preparing a management plan and contracts for an upcoming timber harvest that I’m excited about. I love forestry. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Stay Warm!

January 25th, 2010. Today the new carpet got installed on the stairs, and in the baby’s room, and it looks great! Nothing like the smell of new carpet. I kind of think that his room looks nicer than ours now. I’m still working on getting the webcam perfected, which will include slightly brightening the image. I also ordered my flood light today, which will hopefully allow for some good viewing after dark. People have been seeing deer on it throughout the daylight hours, which is great. Our mild weather is supposed to be about over, with a major cold snap coming our way. This will be a good thing for my upcoming forest management project. We need to get the roads froze in, which will minimize any damage done to the soil. Take Care!

January 24th, 2010. I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend. Our weather has been very odd, it rained pretty much all day on Sunday. I’m seeing quite a few deer on the new “Upper Peninsula Michigan Deer Cam”. Keep watching for improvements, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. We got some house projects done this weekend, tearing out some carpet, rebuilding the railing on the staircase, and painting it. We’re all set for new carpet on Monday. So far your #1 name for our baby boy is Landon, thanks for your votes. I’ll leave the poll up for a little while yet. Have a good Monday!

January 22nd, 2010. As you can see there is a new addition to the website, the “Upper Peninsula Michigan Deer Cam”. This is my very own webcam that I’m excited to entertain you with. Please be patient as there will be a few adjustments to improve it over the next week or so. I’m working on getting the image centered on the homepage, and also so it will refresh the image automatically for you. I’m also hoping to get a light for night viewing soon as well. I usually see deer throughout the day, so you should have no trouble viewing our U.P. whitetails. Have a great weekend!

January 21st, 2010. The temperatures finally dropped back down to where they should be. We woke up to single digits. I had to run to Baraga in the morning, and then I stopped at the cabin for a bit on the way back. I looked at some lots this afternoon up in Centennial Heights. I should be writing an offer on them tomorrow. I spent most of the evening getting paperwork going on the new timber harvest. I’m thinking about starting a “Forestry Journal” documenting all the steps involved in managing the timber on a piece of property. Have a nice Friday!

January 20th, 2010. The days seem like they are going by quickly. I went out to Rabbit Bay this morning to show some loggers a forest that I’m going to be managing. Hopefully we’ll be able to make something happen out there yet this winter. I spent the second half of the day in the office. I entered in three new vacant land listings, which are all priced quite well. They’ll be on the website by tomorrow. Thanks to those of you who have voted on the baby name. If you haven’t voted yet, please do!

January 19th, 2010. Today I have a very important poll question for you. We still have a long ways to go, but we have a few names for our baby that we are considering. I’ve posted them on the poll question, and we are very curious to hear your opinions. Please vote to help name my son!

January 18th, 2010. I got a lot of odds and ends done today. I ordered some new State Wide hats that I give out to friends, family and clients. I’ve been doing some research getting ready to install my webcam over my food plot. By the way, I’ve really been enjoying the new Bear Den Cam, I hope you’ve checked it out. I found a couple of older electrical outlets in my house that weren’t grounded, so I replaced them with GFI outlets today. After Melissa got off of work, we went and picked out new carpet for the baby’s room, and decided to get new carpeting for our stairs while we were at it. We’re working on coming up with a list of baby names that I’m going to share with you soon.

January 17th, 2010. I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend. Ours was relatively warm and mild. I’m very excited about the latest edition to the website. Under ‘webcams’, you’ll notice the new “Bear Den Cam”. There is a webcam inside of a bear den, that you can view and listen to 24/7. She is actually supposed to be giving birth to cubs any day now, so be sure to check it often. I hope you’ll enjoy.

January 15th, 2010. Today I officially got the deal accepted on a 80+ acre parcel with over 1,000 feet along Lake Superior shoreline, so congrats to Al and Robert. I’m very excited about the fact that I ordered a webcam for my cabin today. Hopefully within a couple of weeks, I’ll have a great new webcam on here, where you’ll get to watch lots of deer and other wildlife all day long. Tonight we had our belated office Christmas Party, which was a great time as usual. I didn’t stay too late, as I have to go look at a potential timber harvest tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

January 14th, 2010. I covered a lot of ground today, over 200 miles to be exact. I met up with a buyer in Covington, and then we drove over to Ewen to look at this 320 acre parcel, and this 297 acre parcel. The only way to show these types of property this time of year is by snowmobile. Because of the deep powder, it isn’t a good idea to put two people on the snowmobile to break trail, so for each parcel I would go by myself to make trails throughout the property. Then I would return to put the buyer on the machine with me and take a nice ride around to check out the property. The showings went pretty well, we’ll see what happens. On the way back, I stopped in Baraga to check out a house that I will be listing soon. I also stopped at my cabin on the way home, and found a shed antler from one of the bucks that is still hanging around the area. Anyhow, it is nice to be home, it was quite a day.

January 13th, 2010. Today was a day of accepted offers. I officially got the deal together on the house in Sylvan Estates, seven lots near Tamarack City, and 3 lots up by Centennial Heights. I spent the majority of the day in the office setting the paperwork in motion for all of the new transactions. My sister-in-law and her friend came over tonight to play a board game with us. Time to hit the hay and get ready for a long day tomorrow. Take Care!

January 12th, 2010. I just now noticed that I had been typing 2009 for all of this year’s journal entries, which I just now corrected. Why didn’t anybody e-mail me and tell me this? I’m sure some of you must have noticed. Anyhow, 2010 continues to be off to a great start. I got the offer accepted today on the 50 acre parcel near Elo, so congrats to Jim and Lynn! This morning I wrote an offer with a buyer on 7 lots near Tamarack city. I got my snowmobile going today. I drove it to work which is always fun. Later in the afternoon I had a great showing on 40 acres near Jacobsville. Have a nice day!

January 11th, 2010. I know the website was down most of the weekend, so it is good to be back. Real estate continues to be very busy. I wrote two purchase agreements today, one on some residential lots in Houghton county, and one on a large piece of waterfront in Keweenaw county. I also went and looked at a house that I’ll be listing in Houghton. By the way, here is good price on a 20 acre parcel that I listed about a week ago. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great week!

January 8th, 2010. I hope you had a nice Friday. There must be some sort of sporting event in Houghton tonight, as the town seemed very busy. We officially got the deal together on the foreclosed lot on Rice Lake. I also had the closing today for the beautiful home in Houghton, so congrats to Bob and JoAnne. Tonight we went to dinner at “The Library” with some friends. We received a gift certificate for Christmas, so we made good use of it. I have my snowshoes ready for lots of land showings tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!

January 7th, 2010. It has been plenty cold, but that is the norm for this time of year. I’m optimistic that the deal on the house in Sylvan Estates is going to come together. Today I put together closing statements for a fairly big closing tomorrow on a house in Houghton. I had a few hours free in the afternoon, so I went down to check on the cabin. There is still quite a bit of deer sign around. Later on, I met with a client who is seriously looking to purchase some land. We’re going to look at a piece on Tuesday that I think will work perfectly for him. I hope your Friday goes by quickly!

January 6th, 2010. Lots of real estate action. Today I showed a place in Dollar Bay. The showing went well. My Rice Lake foreclosure parcel is likely to come together now as well. I talked to several different buyers today, people are definitely looking. I looked at the final MLS stats today, and once again I closed the most land deals in the U.P., so a big thank you to all of you that I did business with this last year, and in years past. I’m looking forward to 2010 being the best year yet!

January 5th, 2010. I’m back to work, and work is busy. Today we signed the closing papers on the lot in Tamarack City. I’m really getting a lot of inquiries from buyers, so I expect some new deals to come together very soon. In fact, I just received a call from a buyer while I was typing this. I received an offer today on my house in Sylvan Estates (on Crestwood Drive), so we’ll see where that goes. It feels good to be home!

January 4th, 2010. We made it home! We had a real nice time downstate. We visited lots of friends and family. I even did some snowmobiling on the family farm. We ended up having a bonfire out in the woods, which is something we haven’t done in over 10 years. The roads were so-so on the way home, we ended up pulling a girl out of the ditch, and she seemed very grateful that we stopped. The wind was coming off Lake Superior so hard that I could barely open my truck door. Anyhow, we’re glad to be home, and I’m ready to get back to work. Have a great week!

December 30th, 2009. Greetings from Mackinac City! In all my years of traveling through here, I’ve never actually stayed the night in this town. We decided to drive part of the way tonight, so we’ll only have a three hour drive tomorrow to get to my family farm. The lady at the front desk here at the Holiday Inn was really nice, and gave us a free upgrade. We have a nice big room with a fireplace, living room, kitchen, and all kinds of nice stuff. We’re going to bed so we can get back on the road in the morning. December is almost over!

December 29th, 2009. Today we received an offer on the foreclosure lot on Rice Lake. We’ll see what happens, but I’m optimistic that we’ll find a way to get it together. In the afternoon I went on my last bowhunt of the year, and it ended up being a heart pounding hunt, so check out the hunting journal for all of the details. Melissa and I are getting all packed up to head downstate soon for the belated Christmas parties with my family. Take care.

December 28th, 2009. I had 5 different inquiries from buyers today. I like starting off my week like that. I’m expecting to receive an offer on my Rice Lake foreclosure lot tomorrow. Tonight I had the rack from this year’s buck scored by an official CBM (Commemorative Bucks of Michigan) scorer. The buck qualified for the CBM record books, so that was pretty neat. Have a great day!

December 27th, 2009. I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas. Ours was very nice. It was actually raining here on Christmas day, which is quite unusual. We still have more Christmas parties to attend this weekend, so we’re not quite done with the holiday season. Don’t forget to e-mail me some pics if you have any nice ones for ‘pic of the day’. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Only about 10% of our visitors are actually voting, so if you haven’t, please do. If you can click your mouse, you can vote, it is that easy!

December 24-25th, 2009. Merry Christmas!

December 23rd, 2009. It is almost Christmas! The other day I was contacted by another local realtor, and her and her clients were unable to locate one of my listings on Rice Lake. I met them out there today to show them around the parcel. The lakefront lot is a foreclosure, and is the best buy on the lake right now. It sounds like her clients are planning to write an offer, so if you have been watching this one, you better spring into action. Tonight we had some friends over to play some games/cards, and we really had a great time. I also wrapped up my christmas shopping today, so now I’m ready for the big day. Have safe travels if you are going to be on the road for the holidays.

December 22nd, 2009. Today was a nice sunny day. We sent out all the paperwork to close the deal on Froberg Road. This one only took about a week to close. I went out to the cabin today, and I have pics of lots of deer, but only one big buck, and he only comes out late at night. Melissa and her friend Janelle are out cross country skiing, and I’m waiting for them to get done so we can eat. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a good day!

December 21st, 2009. I hope your Monday was good. We officially closed on the 20 acre parcel on Bootjack Road, so congrats to all involved. I was going to go check on the cabin, but it was snowing pretty good, so I decided not to make the trip. I got a call from a visitor of the site yesterday, mostly to talk about the U.P. deer herd and other things. I always enjoy hearing from you guys. Always feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a ring. Take Care!

December 20th, 2009. Christmas is right around the corner. Saturday night we went and watched the new movie “Avatar”. We really liked it. For a long movie, it seemed to go by pretty fast with all the action. Sunday night we went to a Christmas party in Copper Harbor. Good food and good friends always makes for a good time. My smoked venison sausage always seems to go over well. Paul Lewis out in Bootjack makes it, and does a fantastic job. Have a good Monday!

December 18th, 2009. Did you have a good Friday? I’m not exactly sure why, but there was a lot of traffic in Houghton today. There is also a lot of snowmobilers traveling in to enjoy our ample snowfall. Melissa wrapped Christmas presents pretty much all day. Tonight I’m making a bacon chicken ranch recipe in the slow cooker, and it smells good. Have a great weekend!

December 17th, 2009. Today I went down to the cabin. I was in the treestand at around 2:00 pm, and bowhunted until dark. You can read the details in the hunting journal. Now I’m home and ready to eat some popcorn. I bet the stores will be busy with Christmas shoppers this weekend. Maybe I’ll be one of them. Have a good Friday!

December 16th, 2009. This morning I went to check my trail camera at the food plot. I was pretty excited when I saw a picture of a beautiful 10 pointer that I have never seen before! Check out ‘pic of the day’ to see him. I’m planning on bowhunting tomorrow. We officially closed the waterfront parcel near Jacobsville, so congrats to Dave and Mary. Take Care!

December 15th, 2009. I spent most of the day in the office. We got the paperwork out to close the 20 acre sale on Bootjack Road. The Pelkie property deal is official, so we’re getting the wheels turning on that one too. I spent about 4 hours in front of the computer tonight. Every year I take all of my hunting footage, put it together, and make a DVD. It is a lot of work, but my friends and I enjoy watching it. Have a good day!

December 14th, 2009. The sellers are going to accept the offer on the Pelkie parcel, so congrats to all involved. We finally got the land division application approved for a sale on Bootjack Road, so it will be nice to finally wrap that up. In the afternoon I checked my trail camera at the food plot, and I have lots of deer coming, including 3 bucks, but no big ones. There are two new bucks on the buck pole, so check them out if you like. Cya!

December 13th, 2009. I hope you had a good weekend. Our winter storm finally passed us by. I spent Saturday in the office working on various things. Saturday night I ended up sending out a purchase agreement on this 10 acre parcel near Pelkie. Saturday night our friend Janelle bought us dinner at the North Shore. Her and I had a bet about whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl, and I won. Sunday my buddy Ross and I went down to the cabin to do some snowplowing, and I couldn’t believe the deer sign! I’ve decided I’m going to try to put in a late season archery hunt when I get the chance. Enjoy your Monday!

December 11th, 2009. Finally Friday. This morning consisted of the usual snow removal. I also had a buddy of mine who was stuck in Hancock, so I came and pulled him out with my truck. At the office today I made progress towards selling a 40 acre parcel near Craig Lake. Tonight we went to Holiday Party #2. I’ll be working in the office tomorrow. Have a fun weekend!

December 10th, 2009. The nasty weather continues. It looks like we fast forwarded into February. I hunted hard the last couple of days, and posted new footage on the hunting journal. There is also a new buck to check out on the buck pole. My Jacobsville waterfront deal hit a small bump, so we’ll end up closing next week instead of this week. I need to redo the closing statements tomorrow. My wife was happy that I brought home a Christmas Tree tonight. She always insists on a real tree, so that is what she gets. ;)

December 9th, 2009. Brr! It is cold and nasty out. Baraga got hit a lot harder with the snow than Houghton did last night. Many schools and businesses were closed today. I actually went hunting tonight, and saw lots of deer, and one buck. I got some good video that I’ll post soon. Stay warm!

December 8th, 2009. We woke up to another six inches of snow. After moving snow all morning, I winterized and put away my ATV for the winter. In the office today I got paperwork finalized for another upcoming closing. In the afternoon I went and checked out some bank foreclosure properties. Buyers are always curious about foreclosures, but unfortunately, most of them are beyond help. We are bracing ourselves for a severe winter storm that is supposed to be on the way. There is a new poll question for you to vote on, it is about Tiger Woods, who seems to be getting a lot of attention lately.

December 7th, 2009. The snow keeps falling. Monday was relatively quiet. I’m starting to see an increase in e-mails from potential buyers, so that is a good sign. There is a new buck to check out on the buck pole. There is also a new entry in the Hunting Journal, complete with video. I sit and freeze for hours on end just to bring you a couple minutes of footage, so I hope you are enjoying it! ;)

December 6th, 2009. I hope your weekend was good. If you were in Houghton, you got pounded with snow! We have over 14 inches of fresh powder at our house. Saturday night we went to a work Christmas Party for my wife. One party down, many more to go. Sunday I finally got to go out hunting with a muzzleloader, and I did get some footage of a buck. I’ll post it on the hunting journal soon. By the way, we closed on Parcel’s A and B on US 41, so congrats to Dawn!

December 4th, 2009. Greetings from Marquette! This morning we woke up to several inches of fresh snow. However, we couldn’t let it keep us from going to Marquette as planned for a little shopping. Once we neared Baraga, the weather cleared up and was nice the rest of the way. I did get the signatures and deposit for the Tamarack City lot, so congrats to Lou! We’re getting ready to go have some dinner at Casa Calabria, and then we’ll be heading back to the Keweenaw in the morning. Have yourself a great weekend!

December 3rd, 2009. This morning I sent out a purchase agreement for my lot in Tamarack City. I’m just waiting to receive the signatures back. After that I went down towards Mass City to take additional pics of this really nice listing. I’m working for the client as a buyer’s agent. After that I got one of my muzzleloader spots ready. I checked my trail camera at the cabin, and I had pics of does, bucks, a coyote, and a bobcat all in the last three days. We’re supposed to really start getting the snow anytime now. I’m ready for winter!

December 2nd, 2009. This morning I went out to Rabbit Bay to look at a potential timber sale. It looks like I got the job, so I’m looking forward to doing some forest management. I’m also hoping to write an offer on my lot in Tamarack City tomorrow. Today was a good test for my cell phone booster, and it certainly makes a significant difference. I was able to talk clearly in areas where I normally can’t. After work tonight, my buddy Ross came over and helped me, and we got a much needed project done at my house. I’ll be covering a lot of miles tomorrow, checking out real estate. Take Care!

December 1st, 2009. Happy first day of December. I got a cell phone signal booster installed in my truck today, which is very useful in my job. We had an appointment with our baby doctor this afternoon, and everything is going smooth. After work tonight, we met some friends at the “Lode Movie Theater” in Houghton. We watched that new movie, “The Blind Side”, which was very good. It is certainly worth going to see if you haven’t. Have a nice day!

November 30th, 2009. I swear that I can remember being excited about summer being here, and now it is almost December. Can you believe it? We got a little more snow today, but it isn’t accumulating much yet. I got some work done today, and made some appointments for this week. I went to Surplus Outlet in Houghton to get a new winter coat. I was surprised at how great the prices were there! There is definitely no reason to leave town for holiday shopping, support your local businesses. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

November 29th, 2009. I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving, and a nice weekend. We finally did get some snow on and off throughout the weekend. Melissa had to work today, so I surprised her and made dinner (this doesn’t happen very often). I tried a good slow cooker recipe that I found online, and it turned out great. Check out the recipe here if you are curious. I’ve got a quite a bit going on this week, and I’m looking forward to it. Have a good day!

November 25th, 2009. I spent most of the day being excited about having a son. I worked in the office until about noon, and then headed down to the cabin. I saw about 7 deer tonight, but no bucks. I hope you all have a good Thanksgiving, and be safe if you are traveling!

November 24th, 2009. IT’S A BOY! We had our ultrasound today, and everything looked good. We were easily able to tell that it was a boy, so we’re both excited. Now we have to start thinking about names. Maybe he’ll like to hunt and fish?

November 23rd, 2009. I got lots done today. I was in the office all day, and we have everything sent out for three upcoming closings. I’ve also been answering some questions from potential buyers. I’m also going to be re-listing my house in Sylvan Estates, at a much improved price. It will sell now. Melissa and I are excited for tomorrow, as we are going to have our first ultrasound!

November 22nd, 2009. I hope that you all had a good weekend. Saturday Melissa and I went down to the cabin. I went out hunting that night, and you can see the video on the hunting journal. It was an unseasonably warm weekend. Sunday I stayed home and watched football, and I was shocked to see my Detroit Lions win their second game of the season! Anyhow, be sure to keep e-mailing me pics, I’m going to be needing some for ‘pic of the day’. Have a good Monday!

November 20th, 2009. This morning I got the deal accepted on this beautiful house in Houghton. Congrats to Bob and JoAnne! That is always a good way to start the day. I spent the rest of the day in the office, and I am officially caught up. Looking forward to some sunny weather this weekend, and then hopefully snow next week. Here is a new, super affordable property near Kenton. There quite a few new pics to check out on the buck pole. There is also a new poll question for you to vote on. Officially caught up.

November 19th, 2009. It was nice to get back to work. I had a third showing on a great house in Houghton. We made a counter offer tonight, and we’re hoping to have it accepted by tomorrow. I also entered in a new listing today. I drove down to check on the cabin, and everything looked good. I’m really looking forward to getting some snow soon. Many people cringe when I say that ;) Check out the buck pole for a new entry, and also the hunting journal for a new video from my trip downstate. I enjoy making these videos, so I hope that you enjoy watching them.

November 18th, 2009. I’m back! As you know, I’ve been gone for awhile. I ended up having to drive downstate to pick up the truck that I recently purchased. I took my hunting stuff, and decided to spend a few days hunting the family farm like I used to. It was a good time. I saw quite a few deer. I really like my new truck! It sure feels good to be back home. I have lots of catching up to do. Talk to you tomorrow!

November 12th, 2009. I hunted at the cabin this morning, and then headed back into the office. Co-worker Kevin found his buck, so congrats to him. Not much going on at work, I did get a call on an 80 acre parcel near Gay. It was another warm and windy day. I’m getting extremely anxious to pick up my new truck. I’m still trying to figure out if my buddy is going to be able to drive it up, or if I need to go get it. Have a good day!

November 11th, 2009. This morning I went down to Kenton, to list a new four acre parcel on National Forest Highway 16. I’ll post the pics and details soon. It was interesting, when I was hunting tonight, I started to smell smoke. Pretty soon, it was really smokey, and there were ashes landing on me while sitting in my treestand. Soon I heard fire trucks in the distance. There is a guy that has a house about a mile south of my cabin, and his house caught fire. I hope he is okay. I had deer on the food plot, and they didn’t what to think about all the smoke.

November 10th, 2009. I spent most of the day in the office, getting things ready for a couple of closings coming up soon. After that, I went hunting tonight, and then took down my treestand afterwards in the dark. Some of my spots are public land, so I like to get my gear out of there before rifle season starts. Tomorrow I have to head to Kenton to take pics and put up signs on a new listing. Have a nice day!

November 9th, 2009. The phone was pretty quiet for a Monday. I did get enough e-mails to keep me busy, however. In the afternoon, I went hunting. It was extremely windy, and I didn’t see anything. I did have a great hunt on Sunday though, you can check out the details and a video on the hunting journal. Now I’m just watching some Monday Night Football. I just got an HD TV, and I must say the difference is pretty impressive. Take Care.

November 8th, 2009. I hope that you had a nice weekend. Is was pretty warm here. Saturday I had a second showing on one of the homes that we looked at on Thursday. After that I went down to the cabin hoping to hunt, but it was way too windy to be sitting in a tree. I did hunt on Sunday, and got some good footage of a nice buck that I’m looking forward to posting tomorrow night. This will be the least week of archery season, before rifle season starts next Sunday. I’m ready for a productive week.

November 6th, 2009. Today was a very busy day. In the morning I went to the waterfront home near Bootjack that I’m selling for a final walkthrough. I helped the buyers unload their U-Haul, and then we headed back to Houghton to finalize the closing. After that I sent out a purchase agreement for a deal I’m working on for a waterfront parcel near Jacobsville. I also listed some acreage near Kenton today as well. In between all of this, I finalized the deal on buying a new truck. I hope to have it up here next week. It was a productive day, and I’m looking forward to a good weekend. Enjoy your weekend!

November 5th, 2009. I got confirmation today that I’ll be getting a check from the insurance company for my truck damage. I’ve decided to get a new truck. Hopefully I find one soon. Tonight I showed four houses. A couple of them were very nice, we’ll see what happens. I’m hoping to do plenty of hunting this weekend. I got some pictures of some nice bucks that are starting to show up around the cabin. Hopefully I’ll have some nice video footage for you by Monday.

November 4th, 2009. Today I finalized the details for my Friday closing. I also set up some showings for Thursday night. I was excited to finally get out in the woods again tonight. I’m hoping to hunt quite a bit before rifle season arrives. Check out the hunting journal for a new video of a buck.

November 3rd, 2009. I’ve been getting prepared for some showings later this week. Tomorrow an insurance appraiser is coming to look at my truck so they can decide if they are going to approve the estimate that I recently had. I’m starting to think about getting a new truck, we’ll see. We had a check up this afternoon at the hospital. The baby’s heart is still beating strong, and in three weeks we are going to have the first ultra sound. We are planning on trying to find out whether it is going to be a boy or a girl. By the way, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. Also the buck pole is new and very much improved. Now you can leave comments on pics if you like. There are two new deer on there as well. If you have any nice deer pics, be sure to e-mail them to me.

November 2nd, 2009. I got lots of work done today. In the morning I went out to Jacobsville to finalize the 20 acre sale. After that I checked out a waterfront parcel that I am doing a market analysis on. I stopped by the office of DPM assessing to drop off the land division application for the 20 acre sale. I have seen many ‘for sale by owner’ deals have future problems because the seller didnt’ know this was required. In Michigan, if you are selling off a part of your property that is less than 40 acres, you need to confirm that you have the right to make land divisions, make sure that the division meets all of the township requirements, and then go through land division application process with the township. Anyhow, got lots of office work done after that. I’m anxious to get out in the woods and do some hunting soon.

November 1st, 2009. November is here! My buddy Gary left for home this morning. It has been fun having all of the company up here, but it is still nice to get things back to normal. Yesterday was my 30th birthday, but I was at the cabin, so Melissa had a party for me tonight. Lots of good friends showed up, and everybody had a good time. This morning I got the offer accepted on 20 acres out of the 40 acre listing near Jacobsville. I’m anxious to get in the office tomorrow and get everything organized. By the way, here is a very nice new listing just south of Houghton. Have a productive week!

October 29th, 2009. Another rainy day in the Keweenaw. Tonight Gary went hunting and didn’t see a thing. I had work to do, so I spent the afternoon in the office. It was good to get caught up. I’ve got a big closing coming up next week. They finally got the street project done in downtown Houghton. All of the detours are gone, and traffic can flow smoothly once again. Time to get going. we’re all going bowling at the Mine Shaft tonight.

October 28th, 2009. I’ve got a couple of deals in the works, but I’m still trying to get them together. We received another offer on this great waterfront buy in Keweenaw county, and we plan to counter offer it tomorrow. We’re also still back and forth on this 40 acre parcel near Jacobsville. I did however put a deal together on my last highway parcel near Baraga. I currently have all four parcels under contract. The weather for hunting isn’t very good right now, as it warmed up signficantly. Gary went out tonight, but didnt’ see anything. I’m looking forward to getting some snow (lots of people cringe when I say that).

October 27th, 2009. Today we counter offered on the Jacobsville 40, we’ll see what happens. I also put up signs and took pics of a new listing near Tapiola. I dropped my deer off at the taxidermist, so now I won’t get to look at him until next spring. On the hunting journal, I updated yesterday’s brief slide show with a better video, that includes the recovery. Be sure to check it out, or just click here to see the new video. Have a good day!

October 26th, 2009. Today I was still smiling about my successful hunt last night. I ended up writing an offer today on one of my 40 acre listings near Jacobsville. Gary is out hunting right now, and I’m giving myself the night off. Be sure to check out the hunting journal, as I have the story, and a short video slide show with pics of the buck. Take Care!

October 25th, 2009. What a weekend. Saturday night after hunting I had an unfortunate incident. On the way back to the cabin a buck ran out of nowhere and I hit it hard with my truck. My truck has lots of damage, but seems driveable. I’ll have to get some estimates to get if fixed. On Sunday after I decided that my truck wasn’t leaking any fluids, I drove it down to one of my hunting spots. It was raining and nasty out, but at 5:15 pm, I shot my biggest buck ever! I got a beautiful 8 pointer with a 17 inch spread, and it weighed 206 lbs! I’m extremely happy, especially since my season has been so slow. I’ll post pics and videos on the hunting journal soon, so keep checking in. :)

October 23rd, 2009. Lots of rain and wind today. We’re supposed to get some snow accumulation overnight, and I hope that we do. I entered in a couple of new listings today. One was a bank foreclosure on Rice Lake, the other is a 10 acre parcel near Tapiola. My buddy Gary is supposed to be up sometime tomorrow night. We plan on hunting hard, and I hope that we some deer. The snow should help. Have a fun weekend!

October 22nd, 2009. Today was productive. I sent out another purchase agreement for another one of my highway parcels near Baraga. I have three of them under contract right now. We got our awards from State Wide Corp today, and our Houghton office was the #1 office for the first time! I’m glad to see our office continue to grow. I’m taking a few days off from hunting until my next hunting buddy shows up this weekend. I’m impatiently waiting for the deer movement to improve. Enjoy your Friday!

October 21st, 2009. My company left this morning, so I headed back into the office and got a lot done. I’ve got a couple new deals that I’m hoping to get under contract by the end of them month. Everybody on Shelden Ave is anxiously waiting for the weather to dry up so that they can finalize the street constructions, and we can get back to our normal driving patterns. There is a new ‘poll question’ for you to vote on. Have a good day!

October 20th, 2009. I can’t believe that we are nearing the end of October already. Tonight was Jim’s last hunt, he saw a few bucks, but nothing too big. We officially closed on the property on Brooks Road, so congrats to Kurt. They are calling for plenty of rain for the next few days, so I might not be out in the woods too much. Take Care!

October 19th, 2009. I hope that you are having a good week. My buddy Jim and I managed to lock ourselves out of the cabin this morning, so we had to drive up to see my wife at work to get her key. After work today I had a really good showing on this Portage Lake parcel. Hopefully they’ll end up writing an offer. Jim went hunting tonight and didn’t see a thing. Maybe we should try fishing instead.

October 18th, 2009. This weekend consisted of mostly hunting. My buddy and I have been hitting the woods hard, but not seeing much. This fall is off to a really slow start for me. I have some real estate to take care of Monday, and I’m looking forward to it. Have a good week!

October 16th, 2009. I hope you had a good Friday. I felt kind of silly today. My buddy Jim was supposed to be coming up for some hunting, and he was supposed to be here by noon. So I came out to the cabin, started cooking a roast, brought pastys, and waited…and waited… Come to find out he had told me that he was coming out on SATURDAY. Oops. Needless to say I had a pretty large dinner for myself. I did go hunting tonight, but the weather was very nasty, and the deer weren’t moving very well. Have a great weekend!

October 15th, 2009. I got quite a bit done today. My hunting spots are all ready. I have my buddy Jim coming up tomorrow, and he’ll be hunting with me for a few days. I spent some time in the office getting everything set. Tomorrow we are supposed to close on the 9.8 acre parcel on Brooks Road. I also received a deposit today on one of my land contract parcels on US 41. Be sure to check out the hunting journal for another new entry and video. I’ve posted two new videos in the last 24 hours, so make sure you check them both out if you haven’t yet. I got some fantastic footage of a coyote. Have a good Friday!

October 14th, 2009. Another nice, cool fall day. After hunting last night, I stayed the night at the cabin. Between noon and 1:00 PM today, I saw 6 deer out the window on my rye plot. I took some pics that I’ll eventually post. I’ve got so much good video to share, I’m just trying to get caught up on the hunting journal. I did put together my video for the weekend of hunting in the lower peninsula. It is going to take about an hour to upload on youtube, so I’ll post it on the hunting journal in the morning. Keep checking, it will be there soon. Have a good Thursday!

October 13th, 2009. It is great to be back in the Keweenaw. We had a really nice weekend down in the lower peninsula. We had a 101st birthday party for my great grandmother. She still lives independently and is sharp as can be. We stopped at the hospital on our way back just in time to see our cousin Allison’s newborn baby, Mason. I also managed to go hunting three times. This morning I got caught up in the office, and then went hunting in the afternoon. I have lots of great video footage to share with you, I hope to have it posted by tomorrow night. Take Care!

October 13th, 2009. It is 12:30 AM and we just got home. It was a long drive, with lots of heavy snow. Had a great weekend, but need some sleep, so I’ll check in with more details tomorrow night.

October 9th, 2009. We made it to lower Michigan. I’m looking forward to going hunting with my brother tonight, but I sure hope the weather improves at some point. It is just steady rain down here. They are actually calling for a chance of snow back home in the U.P. this weekend. Anyhow, we’ve got lots on our plate while we’re down here, so I’ll probably check back in with you when we get home. Have a great weekend!

October 7th, 2009. We’re all set to hit the road for a few days. I didn’t get the deal together on the place in Dollar Bay. I got a few things done around the house. It is that time of year when you should change the filter on your furnace, as cold weather is coming. I went hunting tonight, but it was uneventful. I’m surprised how many green leaves are still out in the woods. By the way, thanks to those of you who voted and nominated me for the ‘people’s choice’ real estate agent. Thank you!

October 6th, 2009. Another day of constant rain. It is pretty frustrating weather when I’m itching to be out hunting. Today I wrote an offer with the buyer that I showed the place to in Dollar Bay last night. I’m optimistic that the deal will come together, as it is the perfect place for this buyer. Tonight I watched the Detroit Tigers completely blow their entire season. It was a heck of a game, so congrats to the Twins, as they surely deserved to win it. Lots of buzz about that deer pic from yesterday’s “pic of the day”, what a nice deer. There is a fun poll question for you to vote on. Please vote.

October 5th, 2009. It was a nice Monday. Today we closed on a 40 acre parcel near Jacobsville. Before dinner tonight I had a good showing in Dollar Bay. During the day I went to check on a couple of my trail cameras out in the woods. Wait until you see ‘pic of the day’, I got a pic of a beautiful north country 10 pointer. Great pic of a great deer. Also, here is a fantastic 320 acre parcel I just listed near Ewen. Very nice property. Take Care!

October 4th, 2009. It was a rainy, uneventful weekend. I went hunting on Saturday, but didn’t see anything. No real estate happenings this weekend either. I guess that it is nice to relax once in awhile. I have plenty to get done this week before we hit the road for lower Michigan to visit my family for a long weekend.

October 2nd, 2009. The weather turned bad fast here. Extremely windy and rainy, so unfortunately I won’t be able to go hunting until it clears up. This morning I drove to Ewen and put up signs and took pics of a new 320 acre listing. The hunting journal is back! I go through a lot of work to capture close proximity videos of these deer, so please enjoy!

October 1st, 2009. October is here! This morning we had the site evaluation for septic approval on the parcel on Brooks Road. It passed with flying colors. In the afternoon, I was ready to go hunting. I had a pretty enjoyable hunt, and I’ll be posting the details along with videos on the hunting journal tomorrow night. I love fall!

September 30th, 2009. Lots of new listings. I listed a couple more 40 acre parcels near Jacobsville. Here is a property I’m excited about. How about 20 acres for 15K? There are actually 4 different parcels to choose from. I’ve personally never seen 20 acres listed for that price. Thank you to those of you that e-mailed me some congrats on the baby news. We’ll take all the advice we can get, you can always e-mail me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com. Well, tomorrow is the first day of October, which means the opening day of archery season. Any of you that know me understand what it means to me. I’ll be spending many hours in the woods this fall, and I’m looking forward to bringing back video footage to share with you. Have a great October!

September 29th, 2009. Today I drove just shy of 200 miles, taking nice fall pics of listings, to make them stand out a little more. I also entered in four new listings in the office this morning. Well…..as some of you figured out, the sound on the ‘pic of the day’, was the sound of a baby’s heartbeat. Melissa and I are expecting our first child. She is due in April, and we are very excited!!!

September 28th, 2009. Very nasty weather today. 40 degree temps, and extremely windy. We really needed the rain though. I was supposed to have a septic evaluation this morning, but we cancelled it because of the weather. Be sure to check out pic of the day today! It is an audio file, so give it a listen, and see if you can figure out what it is!

September 27th, 2009. The last weekend of September is here and gone. Saturday was spent out to the cabin. We got the kitchen cabinets/countertop installed. It really looks great, I’ll post a pic this week. I checked my trail camera pics today, and didn’t have pics of any bucks at one of my favorite spots. I’m thinking that the early part of the season might be kind of slow, but of course I’ll be out there no matter what. I was VERY happy today that Detroit Lions FINALLY won their first game in almost two years. I have a busy week ahead of me.

September 25th, 2009. Today we closed on the hobby farm on Old County Road, so congrats to all involved. I worked on some hunting spots, and then got caught up in the office. I have several new listings to enter in next week. I’m hoping to install my kitchen sink/cabinets at the cabin this weekend. October is almost here!

September 24th, 2009. We covered a lot of ground today. My cousin Marcus and his friend came up to visit. We went up to Copper Harbor in the morning. The colors are barely starting to change. In the afternoon we went fishing, and I caught a 20″ bass. It makes me wonder if it is the same 20″ bass I caught earlier this summer, since it was at the exact same logs/spot that I caught it before. I guess I can’t know for sure. We had dinner at the Parkview in Twin Lakes, and then stayed at my cabin. Marcus is the first person to sleep in the newly finished loft. I also got a picture of a nice buck on my trail camera, so I was happy about that. Have a good day!

September 23rd, 2009. It was a beautiful fall day. I’ve got lots of closings coming up. I went down to Jacobsville today to put a couple of new 40 acre parcels on the market. I also went up to Copper Harbor today just for a scenic drive. Tonight I showed this beautifully wooded parcel near Lake Linden. My cousin Marcus is on his way up here, so I’ll try to spend some time with him this week as well. The fall colors are starting to change up here, but we still aren’t even close to the peak.

September 22nd, 2009. We officially closed on the Pelkie Road parcel, so congrats to James and Marcus. Since it was the first day of fall, I was determined to get out in the woods today. After getting my work done, I went and checked out one of my hunting spots, which was looking good. I hung out at the cabin for a bit before heading back to the office. My cabinets and kitchen countertop is supposed to be in any day now, and I’m looking forward to installing them. I can’t wait until October 1st!

September 21st, 2009. Summer is officially over! I love fall, and I’m glad that it is here. Today we sent out the closing paperwork for the hobby farm on Old County Road. I also had to go to the health department today to get the paperwork rolling for a septic evaluation of a vacant parcel that I have under contract. I am able to oversee the whole process, which is convenient for buyers that are out of the area. After closing the office, I showed two different waterfront homes. The buyers are a very nice couple, and I enjoyed meeting them. There is a new poll question for you to vote on, so please do. Enjoy the fall season!

September 20th, 2009. Another weekend gone by too fast. Saturday was spent in the office, and then in the afternoon I went over to my sister-in-law’s house to roof the garage she is building. Sunday Melissa and I went out to the cabin get some stuff done. We ate dinner out there and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I’ve got plenty of work to do this week. By the way, I saw a nice buck tonight on ‘wildlife cam #2′, at about 7:00 pm. Be sure to check those webcams from time to time. I hope your weekend was great.

September 18th, 2009. I hope you had a good Friday. Today we closed on the house in Ahmeek, so congrats to Carrie on her first home! I sent out the paperwork to list a 320 acre parcel near Ewen. Not much excitement tonight, I have to work in the office all day Saturday. Our friend Janelle stopped over and we enjoyed some Ravioli from Gino’s. Now I’m watching the Tigers play an important game. Enjoy the weekend!

September 17th, 2009. Today was a good day. We got the deal together on the property on Brooks Road. I got the paperwork ready for a closing on Friday. By the way, here is my new listing near Mass City. After work, my buddy Ross and I got my hunting stand all set at the new Otter River spot. After that we went to the cabin, and got the ‘buck pole’ all done. It looks good, I’ll post pics soon. The weeks keep flying by, enjoy your Friday!

September 16th, 2009. Today I presented the offer for the property on Brooks Rd, I expect a response tomorrow. I officially got the deal together on this great waterfront home near Lake Linden. Congrats to Sharon. After work today I went out toward the Otter River to set up a new bowhunting spot. It ended up being a lot of work. I used my chainsaw to make an ATV trail over 1/4 mile through some of the thickest terrain you can imagine. I didn’t even get the treestand set yet, as I ran out of daylight. I’m excited about the property, however. My arms are feeling pretty heavy after all of that, so I’m sure I’ll sleep good tonight.

September 15th, 2009. The temps dropped a little today, which made it feel more like fall. I spent most of the day at a new property I’ll be listing near Covington. The property has 920 acres, a small lake, and a beautiful cabin. It is one of the nicer properties I have been on. On the way back, I went to Sandy Lake to take additional pics of a listed property for a potential buyer. Upon returning to the office, I e-mailed out a purchase agreement for my recent showing on Brooks Road. I drove 286 miles since yesterday. I cover a large area up here, but I enjoy it all. Take Care!

September 14th, 2009. I hope you had a good Monday. Today I listed a 63 acre piece of land near Mass City. I’ll have details on here soon. I stopped at the cabin for awhile since I was down that way. My rye/oats food plot is already about 5 inches high, even without rye. I got trail camera pictures of one buck there, and got a picture of a nice 8 point at one of my other spots. I also got pics of coyotes and sandhill cranes. Trail cameras are pretty fun. I shot my bow for a little bit, and everything is looking good. Take Care!

September 13th, 2009. Another nice, warm weekend. Saturday I got the opportunity to fly around the Keweenaw peninsula in a private plane. It sure is amazing to see this place from the air. I got lots of great pics, and even flew over my cabin and some other properties to take pics. I’ll be posting some soon. Not much happened Sunday. Just enjoyed the opening weekend of football. The Lions didn’t win, but of course, they haven’t won since 2007. I have to start working in the woods, I really wish the temperature would cool off, but we’ll see what happens. Make it a good week!

September 11th, 2009. Real estate continues to be busy. Today I wrote an offer with a buyer on a very nice 300K+ home on Torch Lake. We are supposed to have a signed acceptance tomorrow. I also sent out a purchase agreement on another parcel on US 41 between Houghton and Calumet. After a good day of work, we went up to the Harbor Haus in Copper Harbor with friends. The dinner was the best we’ve ever had up there. I wanted to buy them dinner in exchange for helping me build the deck. I’m looking forward to a fun day tomorrow. Enjoy the weather!

September 10th, 2009. Today was pretty uneventful. I got the paperwork going for the deal that I put together yesterday. The warm weather continues. It is hard to believe that archery season is just a few weeks away. I still have work to do in the woods. We also really need some rain. I’m waiting to get the green light to close on the house that I sold in Ahmeek. Tonight Melissa and I had dinner at Gemignani’s in Hancock. Tonight was the season opener for the NFL, so I’ve been enjoying the game. Have a very good Friday!

September 9th, 2009. I hope that everyone is having a good week. I showed some properties today, and we ended up getting an offer accepted on a nice parcel on US 41 between Baraga and Houghton. I feel very fortunate to have been so busy this year. Today I got my exhaust system replaced on my truck, and also picked up my ATV from the shop, so now I’m ready to get back in the woods. I’m really hoping for some rain to help get my food plot growing. Anyhow, I just enjoyed a nice dinner, and now we’re watching the Tigers on TV. Have a good day!

September 8th, 2009. Today was a good day. I got a lot done at the office, and then had a great showing on this beautiful parcel on Brooks Road. The showing went very well, and I’ll be surprised if they don’t make an offer. In the afternoon, I had a closing on a house in Houghton. I’ve got a few new deals in the works, which makes me happy. After work tonight, a buddy and I went up to the Keweenaw to do a little pike fishing. I usually don’t get out fishing much this late in the summer, but it really was nice since the weather is so warm. We landed quite a few pike, including a couple of decent ones. I lost one at the boat that was about 29 inches, and my buddy had a really big one follow the lure up to the boat, but it didn’t hit. On the way home we were driving through Eagle River, and just outside of town a HUGE black bear was crossing the road. He stopped in the ditch and just stared at us when we stopped. He was the biggest black bear that I have ever seen in the wild, so that was very exciting. You never know what you might encounter in the Keweenaw.

September 7th, 2009. I hope that everybody enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend. Our weather here was some of the nicest we’ve had all summer. We went to a cookout on Saturday, and then Sunday we went out to the cabin. I brought my chainsaw and cut down a couple of dead trees near the cabin. We had some friends show up, and we had quite a fire all night. Other than that, we just really enjoyed the peace, quiet, and weather. There is a new poll question, so check it out. Enjoy the short week!

September 4th, 2009. I sure got a lot done in the last 48 hours. We got the deck all finished. It sure adds a lot of enjoyment being able to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the peace and quiet. I also had my farmer come over to the cabin today to disc and plant my food plot. This year I planted rye and oats. I have some properties to show this weekend. Here is one of my new commercial/residential properties in Houghton. Nice price for this location. Anyhow, the weather has been great the last couple of days, and it looks to be a nice weekend. Be sure to get out and enjoy the holiday weekend!

September 3rd, 2009. I’m really tired so this is going to be short. I quit work at noon today, and my buddy Ross met me out at the cabin. We worked until dark and got my deck built at the cabin. It is really nice, and I’m very happy about it. We had a nice bonfire, and we still have some stuff to wrap up tomorrow. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

September 2nd, 2009. It was a busy and productive day. I am still in the negotiating stages on one of my Jacobsville 40′s. Another couple came in today and wrote an offer on this other 40. We already got the offer accepted, so congrats to all involved. I listed three commercial parcels near Houghton, and today I went and put signs up on them. It was quite a bit of work finding a spot that wasn’t too rocky to dig through. At 1:00 we closed on the 17 acre parcel on Bootjack Road, so congrats to Paul. After closing the office tonight, I showed a house in Tamarack City, and two in Lake Linden. I think we may be writing an offer on one of the Lake Linden houses. I like busy days!

September 1st, 2009. September is here! One more month until archery season. I can’t wait. I got my lumber dropped off at the cabin so I can build my deck. I sent out a purchase agreement today for one of my new 40 acre listings in Jacobsville, and I have another buyer coming in tomorrow to write an offer on the other 40. It is always good to be busy. I’m watching a deer on the wildlife webcams as we speak, be sure to check them out. The best time to view deer is at dusk and dawn. I’m glad you are enjoying me site, please e-mail the link to a friend. Thanks!

August 31st, 2009. We are offically at the end of August. Another short but sweet summer. It was a very nice day today. After work, I went down to the cabin with a load of gravel in the back of my truck. There was one low spot in the parking area of my cabin that I have been wanting to fill in, so after about an hour of shoveling it out of the back of my truck, it is much better. I also ordered my material to build a deck. I have been noticing that the apple trees are really loaded with apples this year, and some of them are already dropping. Plenty of deer tracks around my apple trees is always a nice thing to see. I hope you had a good August!

August 30th, 2009. Another weekend that flew by. I was in the office all day on Saturday, and got a couple of good leads. The phones have been ringing pretty steadily with buyers. Sunday I showed a house in Hancock, but it wasn’t a good fit for my buyer, so we’re going to look at other houses this week. I wanted to work on a hunting spot, but I couldn’t get my ATV started, so I managed to get it in the back of my truck so I can drop it off at the shop tomorrow. It is getting to be that time of year where I’ll be using it a lot. I have a feeling that this is going to be a productive week. Take Care!

August 28th, 2009. Lots of rain. After work today, Melissa’s friend from college and her husband arrived for a wedding this weekend. They are staying with us for the night. We took them down to the cabin, and then we had a good dinner at the Parkview in Twin Lakes. By the way, be sure to check out the new and improved “Wildlife Cams”. I put two different wildlife cams on the same page, so you can watch them both at once. Check it out, they tend to get pretty entertaining the further we get into fall. I’m scheduled to be in the office on Saturday. Enjoy your weekend and stay dry!

August 27th, 2009. The weather was nice today, and we need to enjoy it, as summer is winding down. Here is my new listing between Lake Linden and Gay that will please the pickiest of buyers. Very, very nice parcel. In the morning I listed some prime commercial property in Houghton. I’ll have it up and running soon. In the afternoon I drove out to St. Cyr subdivision near Skanee to set up a lockbox for this spotless cabin on Lake Superior. There are two showings on it this weekend, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Have a nice Friday!

August 26th, 2009. Today we closed on the 40 acre parcel near Covington. That one sure didn’t last long. I went out toward Lake Linden later to put up signs and take pics of my latest listing. I was extremely impressed by the property, and I’m looking forward to selling it. I had to vacate the house for several hours tonight while my wife hosted a “Party Lite Candle Party”. I think it is an excuse for women to spend money, but that is just my guess. I guess I really can’t complain considering how much I put into the cabin. Anyhow, I know that they all had a good time, and that is most important. Time to get ready for another day. See ya!

August 25th, 2009. Today we closed on the 95 acres on Copper City Gay Road, so congrats to all who were involved. Later I listed a really nice piece of land outside of Lake Linden, I’ll go take pics of it tomorrow. After work tonight my buddy Ross and I went out to the cabin and finally completed every last piece of trim in the cabin. I’m ready to put a bed up in the loft. Next up is building a deck. Interesting results in yesterday’s poll question. At this time 97% of potential buyers want the price listed in a real estate ad. Good advice if you are trying to sell your property by owner. If you are ashamed to put the price out there, it is probably too high. Have a nice day!

August 24th, 2009. It was pretty uneventful for a Monday. I’m all set for a couple of closings this week. I always check out the real estate listings in the classified ads in our newspaper. I notice that many times, the ‘for sale by owner’ properties never have a price listed. Why is that? If I were looking to buy real estate, the price is a pretty important factor. With that in mind, please vote on the new poll question, as I’d like to get some feedback on this. I’ve noticed some real estate agencies in other areas do this as well. Also, only about 20% of the traffic is actually voting, so if you haven’t been voting, do it. Thanks!

August 23rd, 2009. It was a busy and productive weekend. Saturday I wrote an offer on my 17 acre parcel on Bootjack Road. The seller plans to accept the offer on Monday. Later in the afternoon I replaced the sideview mirror on my truck, and replaced a burned out daytime running lamp. Saturday night we went to a nice wedding reception at the Ramada Inn in Hancock. Sunday I got some trim work done at the camp, and then I ended up getting three different treestands set and ready for archery season. I still have more stands to go, but I’m glad to be making progress. Also, if you have been looking for an inexpensive parcel overlooking Lake Superior, click here. Enjoy the last full week of August!

August 21st, 2009. We had to roll up our sleeves a bit, but we got the hobby farm deal together, so congrats to all involved. Here a couple of new listings near Jacobsville. This a nice 40 acre parcel on Jacobsville Road, and this is an affordable 10 acre parcel on Bootjack Road. There was already a showing on the 10 acre piece today. I entered in my new listing on Tamarack Waterworks road today. Melissa’s parents got us an Applebee’s gift certificate for our anniversary, so we met some friends for dinner and used it tonight. I need the weather to dry up so I can start getting my bowhunting stands set. We are also going to another wedding this weekend. Busy summer!

August 20th, 2009. We’re still in negotiations for the hobby farm. We’ll find out tomorrow for sure whether or not we have a deal. Here is a new listing that is one of the most inexpensive parcels in the Keweenaw, and with seller financing available, it is a very easy way to have a place up here. I got the paperwork finalized today for two closings that I have next week. Later in the day, I went up to Copper Harbor to check out some properties. It was a cold, rainy, foggy day. I’m looking forward to some better weather, as I have lots of outdoor projects to get wrapped up. Have a great Friday!

August 19th, 2009. I wrote an offer on the hobby farm this morning, we have a counter-offer, so we’ll see what happens. You all know how much I enjoy my cabin, so I think that you need a cabin of your own. This cabin near Ontonagon has a price reduction, and is a very affordable way to start enjoying the U.P. I listed three parcels near Jacobsville today, and also took pics of a new listing near Lake Superior tonight. I’m hoping for another productive day tomorrow.

August 18th, 2009. The temperature dropped dramatically today. I had a good showing on this hobby farm near Calumet. We officially closed on the 40 acre parcel near Bootjack, so congrats to Darrell and Kathy. After work tonight, my buddy and I went down to the cabin and installed a ‘directional light’ that I hadn’t gotten around to installing yet. I’m thinking about ordering the materials to put a deck on the front. Archery season starts October 1st, and I have a lot of things I need to do between now and then. Take Care!

August 17th, 2009. It feels good to be back to work. Typically I’m not much for sitting in the office, but today was kind of nice since it was pretty hot outside. The temps are supposed to drop back to the 60′s by tomorrow. I’m pretty well caught up with being gone, now I have some listings to put on the market. I’m also supposed to show my hobby farm near Calumet tomorrow. Tonight we had the in-laws over for dinner, and had pork chops on the grill. We better start making the most of the summer weather, since it will be gone before you know it. Have a nice day!

August 16th, 2009. We are home! The wedding yesterday was in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Meijer Gardens. It was a beautiful wedding, and everything went smoothly. I got to see many people that I haven’t seen in about 10 years. Driving back from Grand Rapids today made for a long drive. I expect to be very busy on Monday, getting caught up with work. Tonight I also went to take down signs from my recent sale near Covington, but unfortunately somebody had stolen my signs. I don’t know what people enjoy about stealing real estate signs, but I usually lose about 10 per year, which starts to add up. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to a busy week in real estate. Take Care!

August 13th, 2009. Greetings from Lower Michigan! We are enjoying nice weather down here. We arrived last night at about 8:00 pm, and then unloaded hay until about 10:30. We’ve been running around today visiting friends and family. Later I have to go up to Cadillac to try on my tux for Saturday’s wedding. Wednesday morning before we left I officially got the deal accepted for the 95 acres near Copper City. Today I am sending out a purchase agreement for a waterfront home between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. Enjoy the rest of the week!

August 11th, 2009. Today was a wonderful, beautiful day in the Keweenaw! Lots of happenings in real estate right now. Today was also our 2 year wedding anniversary! It is hard to believe it has been two years already. Tonight the entire team at State Wide Real Estate (including spouses) enjoyed a cruise on the Keweenaw Star. If you have never done it, I highly recommend it. It was probably the nicest night so far this summer, and everybody had a great time. After that we had a late dinner of delicious pizza at the Ambassador. Tomorrow morning I have one deal to get wrapped up, and then we are heading downstate to my family farm. I found out that I will be unloading hay as soon as we arrive tomorrow evening. I’ll probably be without internet for a couple days, so I’ll check in as soon as I can. Bye!

August 10th, 2009. Today was pretty busy. I didn’t quite get the deal together on the Copper City property, but I expect to by tomorrow. In the afternoon I looked at a nice new house that I’ll be listing in Laurium. Later on I met with a seller who owns some prime commercial property near Houghton that I’ll be listing as well. There are more listings than buyers right now, but I’m still selling plenty of real estate, so I can’t complain. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

August 9th, 2009. I hope you had a good weekend. Friday night I stayed at the cabin, but didn’t really get any work done. Saturday the weather wasn’t very good, so it ended up being pretty uneventful. Sunday afternoon I showed the 95 acre parcel near Copper City. I’ve been getting lots of interest on it, and I finally wrote a good offer on it. I expect a response from the seller on Monday. After that, I went fishing down by Twin Lakes, but didn’t catch much. I’m going to have a busy Monday. Have a great week!

August 6th, 2009. Today was very productive. I went up to Copper Harbor to take pics and put up signs on a new listing. I also have a deal cooking on some acreage near Lake Linden. Later in the afternoon, I wrote an offer with a buyer on my residential listing in Ahmeek. The seller has already verbally accepted the offer, I just need to get her signature tomorrow. After that I received an offer on my Covington 40 that I listed two days ago. I expect an acceptance on that offer as well. I have showings planned for tomorrow. Have a great Friday!

August 5th, 2009. Lots of calls from buyers today. This is my new 40 acre listing near Covington. I already had a couple calls on it today, and I don’t expect it to last long. After closing down the office, I showed a waterfront home on Portage Lake. The showing went well. Later tonight I checked out a new survey that was just done on a lot I own near Tamarack City. Enjoy the day!

August 4th, 2009. This morning I entered in my new listing near Covington. I’ll have the details posted tomorrow. After that, I went out to the cabin to start putting up trim in the loft now that the carpet is down. I got the end wall completely done, and I have just a little bit left to do before it is done. I’m looking forward to the day where I have no work left to do out here, but I don’t know if that day will ever come. Melissa and her sister also came out to the cabin tonight, and did some work. We had a nice bonfire tonight. Everytime I am here I never want to leave. I have a busy day of real estate tomorrow, so time for bed. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a nice day!

August 3rd, 2009. This morning I had to run out to the cabin to let the guys from Kirkish Furniture in to lay the carpet in the loft. While the door was open, a bat flew inside, and it was pretty interesting getting it out. Once we had that over with, they did a nice job, and the carpet looks great. I’ll post a pic later this week. Back in the office, I had plenty to do, and I still have plenty to do tomorrow morning. We did close on the waterfall property in Eagle River, so congrats to all involved. Anyhow, I have to see how much I can get done this week, as we have to leave for another wedding next week. Summer is a busy time of year. Take Care!

August 2nd, 2009. Is it really August already? Every summer seems to go by faster. I had so many things that I wanted to get done by fall, and I have a long way to go. The wedding in Canada this weekend was a lot of fun. Those Canadiens sure know how to have a good time. On the way back home today, we stopped near Covington to take pics and put up signs about a 40 acre parcel I just listed down there. Anyhow it is great to be home, and we’re ready for another week.

July 31st, 2009. Greetings from Canada! We made it to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, for our friend’s wedding. We stopped in Marquette to do a little shopping on the way. It ended up being about a 5 hour road trip. We just returned from a nice dinner, and now we’re ready to rest up for the big day tomorrow. By the way, here is an extra nice cabin on Lake Superior in Baraga County that I just listed. I was very impressed by this place. We’re looking forward to a fun weekend, I hope yours is good as well!

July 30th, 2009. I sold a property today, which is always a good day. We got an accepted offer on this 10 acre parcel on Pelkie Road, so congrats to Marcus and James. Here is a six bedroom house I just listed in Mohawk, which is a lot of house for the money. Also, I’m pleased to have listed this fantastic 411 acre parcel near Copper Harbor. I’ve spent a lot of time on this property, and it is truly special. This property has over 3/4 mile frontage on the beautiful “covered road” stretch on the way to Copper Harbor. We’re getting packed up to hit the road to Canada tomorrow. Have a great Friday!

July 29th, 2009. This morning I put up signs at the new house listing in Mohawk. Today I also listed a 411 acre parcel on the ‘covered road’ near Copper Harbor. Here is a really nice place on over 600′ of Lake Superior Frontage. This is a very quiet area, and is priced to sell. Melissa and I are headed to Canada this weekend for a wedding, these summers sure fly by quickly. We’re at that age where we have lots of friends that are getting married. Talk to you tomorrow.

July 28th, 2009. I drove more than 200 miles today listing new properties. I went and looked at a very nice cabin on Lake Superior, north of Skanee. Later on, I listed a house in Mohawk (north of Calumet). I’m looking forward to closing on the waterfall home in Eagle River this week. Tonight we had a gift certificate for the North Shore Pub & Grill, so we enjoyed that. Now I’m pretty tired and ready for another day tomorrow. Take Care!

July 27th, 2009. Monday was busy as expected. I have had four inquiries on this acreage north of Houghton. If you are looking for land, this is absolutely one of the best buys out there. After lunch I drove down to Jacobsville and listed a really nice place on 600′ of frontage on Lake Superior. Details to follow soon. I have more listings to look at tomorrow. Have a good Tuesday!

July 26th, 2009. My brother made it back to the L.P., but we sure had a fun weekend. Saturday we scouted a couple of new bowhunting spots, and even set a new stand. In the late afternoon, we decided to fish for a few hours, and did very good. We caught two bass and several pike in no time. We did a lot of topwater fishing for pike this weekend, which if fun. Check out the video of a couple of pike caught this weekend. I also posted this video in the hunting journal. On the real estate side, check out this new waterfront listing near Copper Harbor. This parcel is priced to beat anything else up there for that size of lot. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. I already have lots of appointments scheduled for this week. Take Care and enjoy the pike video!

July 24th, 2009. Friday is here and gone. I actually ended up having a somewhat busy day at the office. A couple came in and listed a residential lot in the city of Houghton. In the afternoon we closed on the property on Oneco Road, so congrats to Craig and Ashley, who will be building their first home there. After that my brother Adam and I went down to the cabin, and then enjoyed a great dinner at Henry’s in Rockland. We hope the weather hold up for us to go fishing tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

July 23rd, 2009. It was a very fun day. After getting out of the office in the afternoon, my brother Adam arrived. They are calling for some rainy weather this weekend, so we decided to take advantage of tonight’s great weather. Even though we got a late start, we went up to Keweenaw county. It was a beautiful night, and we probably landed at least 20 pike. The biggest was about 28″. We heard coyotes howling in the woods nearby, and we also saw a deer swim across the lake, right past our boat. It really was an enjoyable evening. I’ve got a closing tomorrow, and then we’ll see what the day brings.

July 22nd, 2009. I finally got one of my closings scheduled today. Friday we’ll get the deal wrapped up. Tomorrow I’ve got some office stuff to do, and then I’m looking forward to my brother arriving from lower Michigan. Hopefully the weather isn’t too bad this weekend, as we’re hoping to do a little fishing. I’m anxious to show you my new waterfront listing in Copper Harbor, the details should be ready by tomorrow. Have a good Thursday!

July 21st, 2009. Another day. I’m seeing a noticeable increase in buyer inquiries the last few days. I’m still working on a couple of closings, one of them is getting increasingly complicated. That is one thing I have noticed this year is that none of the deals seem easy anymore. Tonight I drove up to Copper Harbor to take pictures and put up signs of a new waterfront listing. I’ll enter it into the MLS tomorrow. Take Care!

July 20th, 2009. Today was a very nice day. I had plenty of errands to run. I picked out the carpet for the loft in the cabin. I closed out a deal today. The hobby farm on Rousseau Road is now sold, so congrats to David. I have a couple of more closings that I hope to wrap up by the end of the week. I’ve also scheduled some upcoming showings with buyers, so I’m looking forward to that. If you are still thinking about selling, it is not too late to list. If you are thinking about buying, right now is a great time! We’ve got banks with money to lend at very good rates. If you don’t want to work with a bank, we’ve got sellers willing to do seller financing. If you don’t own a piece of the upper peninsula, you should!

July 19th, 2009. It feels great to be back in the Keweenaw. The weekend went by pretty quickly, but it is always nice to be back home. I have plenty to do this week before my brother arrives on Thursday. July is a great time of year, enjoy your week!

July 17th, 2009. Another fun day in the twin cities. Today we arrived at our friend’s condo in Minneapolis. After catching up for awhile, we went out to dinner at a nice place called ‘the news room’ in the downtown area. We walked around and visited a few other places. This is a really nice city. Their condo is in a really tall building, so it is neat to see the nighttime city lights as I type this. We have plenty of things planned for tomorrow, so I better get to bed. Enjoy your weekend!

July 16th, 2009. Hello from Minneapolis! The drive wasn’t too bad today. The temperatures are pretty cool here, but I hear that they are even colder back in the U.P. It is always interesting for me to look at real estate brochures from other areas. It is amazing how low our prices are compared to most of the country. Especially when you consider the beauty of our land, and the quality of life. Anyhow, we’re staying with Melissa’s relatives tonight, and then we’ll be spending the rest of the weekend with our friends John and Danielle. Have a great Friday!

July 15th, 2009. Today we officially closed on the 20 acres on Rice Lake road, so congrats to Justin! Today I learned that I shouldn’t be distracted on the cell phone while backing up with my truck. I forgot how close I was to a light pole, and ended up with my side view mirror on the ground and a nice dent in my truck. Insurance should cover it. Later I looked at a nice new waterfront home that I’ll be listing in Jacobsville. After that I got everything wrapped up so we can hit the road. We’ll be on the way to Minneapolis all day. We’ll check in from Minnesota!

July 14th, 2009. I didn’t have any appointments today, so I spent some time at the cabin. It seems that in the summer, weekends are usually busy with showings, so you kind of take a day off whenever it presents itself. I did get the paperwork back on a waterfront listing near Copper Harbor. Tomorrow I have an appointment to look at a potential new listing near Jacobsville. Right now I’m enjoying watching the MLB All Star game. I’m still excited for our road trip this weekend. Make sure you take a fun trip this summer if you haven’t already!

July 13th, 2009. The nice summer weather continues. I’ve got a couple of closings coming up this week, and then we are off to Minneapolis for the weekend. I sent out a purchase agreement today on one of my listings, I’m just waiting to get the signatures back. After work, I went down to one of my favorite lakes to do some fishing. It started off very windy and slow, but I ended up landing a couple of pike and a couple of bass. Any day of fishing is a good day. Speaking of fishing, please vote on the new poll question. Have a good day!

July 12th, 2009. It was a very nice weekend. Saturday morning I ended up showing this townhouse in Houghton to two different buyers, and both showings went well. The offer I wrote on Friday night isn’t looking good, as it seems that there was a better competing offer. Later Saturday I showed a couple of houses up in Keweenaw county. Sunday I went up to Copper Harbor to pick up my camper and deliver it to a friend who is buying it from me. I’ve had a lot of great memories with that camper, and I really hate to see it go. But now that I have the cabin, I’ve come to the realization that I’m just not going to be using the camper anymore, and I hate to see it just sitting around. Have a great week!

July 10th, 2009. I covered a lot of ground today. I showed waterfront properties all over the Keweenaw today. It was a long day, but we saw some great properties and had a good time. The buyers are very nice. We ended up writing an offer in the office at 10:00 pm on one of the places, so we’ll see what happens. Tomorrow morning I have another waterfront showing with another buyer, so I better get to bed. Take Care!

July 9th, 2009. It was a busy day. This morning I showed this fantastic piece of waterfront between Houghton and Baraga. In the afternoon, I met with a client to address an offer that we received. Later I showed a couple of houses in Hancock, including this house on Quincy Street, that is a very good deal at 99K. Tomorrow I’m going to try to pick out some carpet for the loft at the cabin. The weather has been great, summer in the U.P. is fantastic. Have a good day!

July 8th, 2009. The weather was very nice today. In the morning, I met a buyer down in Baraga who bought some property from me in December. He needed a clearer idea of the property lines, so I came down and showed him. The rest of the day was spent in the office, where I scheduled some nice showings coming up that I’m excited about. It sounds like my brother should be coming up to visit later in the month, so I’m looking forward to that. Take Care!

July 7th, 2009. This morning I had a closing on a house on Water Street in Hancock. I also received an offer today on my listing in Sylvan Estates. After that, I went down to the cabin to get some work done. I installed the cedar log ladder for access to the loft, and I put down the last piece of flooring, so now it is ready for carpet. The grass grows fast out there, so I had to mow it again. By the way, if you enjoy the site, please e-mail the link to a friend, as I’d like to keep increasing traffic. Thanks!

July 6th, 2009. The phones were busy today as expected. I’m hoping to write an offer tomorrow on my new land listing near Copper City. I’ve got a couple of closings scheduled this week, so I was in the office quite awhile getting everything squared away. Here is a new poll question for you to vote on. Be sure to use the ‘today’s new listings’ feature on the site, as it is very useful, and you won’t find it on most other sites. I hope you had a good Monday!

July 5th, 2009. What a beautiful weekend! We rented a cabin with some friends at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for the entire weekend. On Saturday we did some fishing, and probably caught about 8 pike. Everybody got a little bit sunburned. The fireworks in Copper Harbor were fantastic as usual. This year was probably the best weather we’ve had for fireworks in many years. I’m expecting to receive a lot of calls on Monday, as it is usually a busy day after the holiday weekend. I hope your 4th of July was good as well. Take Care!

July 2nd, 2009. The holiday weekend is almost upon is. After office hours this morning, I traveled down to Ontonagon county to check on a logging operation. I was about as far in the wilderness as you can get between Victoria Dam and Ontonagon, and I unfortunately got a flat tire. 30 minutes of mud, mosquitoes, and ticks later, I got my spare tire on and made it back to town. We had burgers on the grill tonight, and we’re ready for a fun weekend. Here is new listing that is priced right. Have a fun and safe weekend!

July 1st, 2009. July is here! Summer sure is a great time of year. I’m anxious for the weather to straighten up so I can get back out on the lakes and go fishing. I mentioned earlier in the week what a great deal I had on some Copper City property. The property can be split, so here is a more affordable version of the acreage. It is nice to see that interest rates are creeping down again. I have people tell me that they were under the assumption that you can’t get a vacant land loan. Wrong! I work consistently with a lender that loans on vacant land with low downpayment, and long term fixed rate interest. If you were ever thinking about buying land up here, this is the year to do it!

June 30th, 2009. It seems like we wait forever for summer to arrive, and now July is already here! Here is a nice new hobby farm listing in a great location between Houghton and Calumet. After work tonight, my friend and I went up to Copper Harbor to check out a couple of new listings. The weather is still very cold and rainy, but everybody is happy knowing that the holiday weekend should be nice. We’ve made plans to be in Copper Harbor for the 4th. There is a new poll question, please vote on it!

June 29th, 2009. The week is off to a rainy, cool start. This morning I went out to a new listing on Portage Lake to put up signs and take some pictures. In the afternoon, I entered in another new listing before heading up to Tamarack Waterworks Road to show a neat little house. It looks like the weather is going to be wet most of the week, but hopefully should clear up in time for the holiday weekend. Thank you to those of you who e-mailed pics for ‘pic of the day’, keep them coming!

June 28th, 2009. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. The weather this weekend wasn’t very good for outdoor activities, but we still had fun. Friday I got the deal accepted on a 40 acre parcel near Bootjack, so congrats to Darrell and Kathryn! I entered in a few new listings this weekend, and I have more to enter on Monday. Here is a fantastic buy near Copper City. I have a feeling that the listing will have an accepted offer by the end of the week. Saturday evening we went up to Copper Harbor and had a fantastic meal at the Harbor Haus with some friends. Unfortunately there was a bad car accident up that way, I guess we’ll find out more about it in the paper on Monday. Anyhow, I continue to get calls from sellers and buyers, so the summer is off to a great start. There are a lot of properties on the market this year, but they continue to sell as long as they are priced right. Aggressive pricing is the key this year. Have a great week!

June 25th, 2009. This morning I listed a wonderful property with over 1500′ on Portage Lake. I’ll enter it in the MLS on Monday. In the afternoon I wrote an offer on 40 acres that I expect to get accepted tomorrow. I’m also listing some nice property in northern Houghton county, and a hobby farm between Houghton and Calumet. In the afternoon I drove up to Lac La Belle and Copper City to put up some real estate signs. We had a really fun evening with lots of friends after that. By the way, thanks to those of you that sent in pics for pic of the day, keep them coming! I’m ready for Friday!

June 24th, 2009. The warm weather continues. Melissa’s parents visited us at the cabin this morning, and then we had to head back to Houghton. I had a deal together on this Rousseau Hobby Farm, but it looks it may have hit a snag. It looks like this property will be available again, so you may want to jump on it, as I’ve been receiving lots of inquiries. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. I know you must have at least one scenic picture on your computer, so please e-mail it to me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com, so I can use it for “pic of the day”. Have a nice day!

June 23rd, 2009. Today was the warmest day so far this year. I spent the day working on the cabin. I don’t have too much left to do, but I figured I might as well make some progress. I finished the tongue & groove in the loft, and got most of the flooring down up there. It will be easier to have company once the loft is finished. Melissa and I went to eat in Rousseau tonight, and it sure tasted good after a long day of work. I’m usually showing property on weekends, so sometimes a random weekday is easier to sneak out to the cabin. Back to the office tomorrow. Stay cool!

June 22nd, 2009. Monday went by pretty quickly. I spent the morning in the office, getting paperwork going on some closings. The offer on the hobby farm on Rousseau road is officially accepted, so congrats to David. I didn’t have any appointments in the afternoon, so I decided to go fishing near Twin Lakes. It was a beautiful day on the water. I caught 2 pike, 2 bass, and missed quite a few. One of the bass was 20″ long, very heavy, and probably a close tie for my biggest Largemouth ever. It was a beautiful fish. I’ll try to get a pic of it on here soon. After fishing, I ate a delicious pasty from Krupp’s Resort in Twin Lakes. I love summer!

June 21st, 2009. It was a warm, beautiful weekend. Friday night I went out to the cabin to get some work done. Saturday morning I showed this nice land contract parcel just off the shores of Lake Superior. Melissa met up with me at the cabin in the afternoon, and a couple of friends came down as well. We went and had a delicious dinner at Henry’s Never Inn in Rockland. In hopes of spotting some wildlife, I took some two track roads on the way back to the cabin. It paid off, as we ended up seeing a wolf cross the road, and then it stood in the ditch and stared at us for a couple minutes before running off. It was a pretty neat encounter. Back at the cabin, we had a nice bonfire. At one point, some sort of Keweenaw critter started rustling around in the woods behind us. I’ve never seen two Finnish girls run so fast in my life. It was probably a raccoon, but I got a good laugh watching the girls hide inside the cabin. Anyhow, I’m ready for another week of action. Take Care!

June 19th, 2009. Not too much to report today. I just got all the paperwork rolling for the deals that I put together this week. Bridgefest is off and running. Other than some scattered rainshowers, the weather turned out pretty nice. In the afternoon I got some work done at the cabin. I have two showings this weekend, and am looking forward to having some fun in between. Enjoy your weekend!

June 18th, 2009. Another day, another deal. Today I got a deal accepted for a 24 acre parcel just north of Hancock, so congrats to Craig and Ashley! Later this afternoon I showed a new house in Lake Linden, it was a second showing, so we’ll see what happens. Also, for those of you that enjoy an occasional game of solitaire (hopefully not while you’re at work), I have a new and improved version here on the website. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Have a great Friday!

June 17th, 2009. Another day, another deal. Today I wrote a very good offer on my recent hobby farm listing on Rousseau Road. I have no doubt that the deal will be accepted. In the afternoon I had a closing on a nice home in Calumet, congrats to Jack and Karen! Everybody in Houghton is gearing up for bridgefest this weekend. It might be a little bit rainy, but it still looks like it should be warm. Right now I’m watching the Detroit Tigers lose another game. They need to get in gear. Take Care!

June 16th, 2009. Another day, another deal. This morning I showed a couple of properties out near Lake Linden. We ended up writing an offer on a 20 acre parcel I have listed on Rice Lake road. The deal has already been accepted, so congrats to Justin! Tonight I went up to Calumet to do a pre-closing walk through of a house I’m selling to make sure everything is ready to go. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a good day!

June 15th, 2009. Another beautiful day. I put up signs and entered the listing of a house in Ahmeek. Details should be here tomorrow. I’ve already scheduled many appointments this week. Buyers are ready to look at properties. Here is my new 840 acre listing near Rabbit Bay. That is one big piece of beautiful property. I’m very confident that I’ll have some more deals together by the end of this week. I hope you had a good Monday!

June 14th, 2009. What a beautiful weekend! Summer weather is finally, finally here. Saturday a friend and I went up to Copper Harbor. We went pike fishing during the day, and had fun, catching about 15 in just a few hours. In the evening, we went out on Copper Harbor and fished very hard, until about 11:30 pm, and only caught one splake. It was actually my first splake, so that was cool. Sunday I went up to Ahmeek to visit the in-laws, and then served as ‘caddy’ for Melissa and her friends during their ladie’s golf league. I’m ready for another week of real estate. Enjoy the weather!

June 12th, 2009. Friday! I am soooo disappointed that the Red Wings lost. I guess there is always next year. Today I entered in my new 840 acre listing, I can’t wait to show you the details. Later in the afternoon today, I closed on a nice house in Hancock, so congrats to Ryan. After work tonight, Melissa and I spent time with friends. We are all enjoying the summer weather that has been reluctant to arrive. Enjoy your weekend!

June 11th, 2009. The weather keeps improving. Today I officially got the deal together on the Eagle River waterfall property. We are still in negotiations for my new listing near Gay. I have more listings coming soon. Tonight I went and looked at a potential new listing near Dreamland. After that, I went and took pictures of my new 840 acre listing near Rabbit Bay. The property was fantastic, and I saw every kind of wildlife track imaginable. After that I went and ribboned an approximate property line for a sale I’m working on out at Oneco Road. I’m excited for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals Friday night! Go Red Wings!

June 10th, 2009. My friend Gary left this morning. I had a showing on my new listing on Rousseau Road. That listing has been receiving lots of interest. I spent the rest of the day back in the office, where I wrote another offer on my new listing near Gay. I’m also working a few new listings that I’ll be putting on the market soon. It feels good to be home, after being out and about for the better part of the last six days. Real estate is busy!

June 9th, 2009. The offer on the Lake Linden house wasn’t accepted. It does look like my deal on the Eagle River waterfall property is finally going to come together. I also have another nice deal in the works, I e-mailed a purchase agreement out tonight that I expect back tomorrow. Today Gary and I went fishing up in Keweenaw county. We ended up catching probably about 15 pike, and Gary lost a couple of nice ones. Gary caught and released a 12″ rock bass, which is extremely large for that species, and would actually qualify for a master angler award. We took a pic and released it. The weather finally started to get pretty nice by the end of the day. Have a nice day!

June 8th, 2009. It was a cold, rainy day. Gary and I didn’t go fishing. I went in to work for awhile today, and ended up writing an offer on a house in Lake Linden. We expect a response on the offer tomorrow. Here is a new listing near Rousseau in Ontonagon county. As you can see by the price, it is a steal of a deal, and I’ve already had a few inquiries on it within the first few days. The weather is supposed to improve tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll do some fishing. By the way, I know that the site was not opening for some of you the past few days, and I have corrected the error. Please let me know if it happens again. Take Care!

June 7th, 2009. How was your weekend? Mine was filled with fishing. The weather was pretty cold and windy throughout the weekend, but Gary and I still covered a lot of water. Saturday night we went to a lake near the cabin, and caught a few, including one pretty nice bass and a nice pike. Sunday morning we went to Prickett Dam and fished for several hours. We caught probably about 6 bass and pike, but nothing very big. The windy conditions made it very tough. Later in the afternoon we went towards Michigamme to fish the Craig Lake Wilderness Area. It is a non-motorized lake, so we had to carry our boat in about a 1/4 mile. We caught a couple, but it really wasn’t worth the difficulty of carrying in the boat. Anyhow, we hope to do some more fishing in the northern Keweenaw this week. Also, here is a new property near Lake Linden. Have a good Monday!

June 5th, 2009. Friday was a good day. We got an offer on one of my listings in Houghton, we counter-offered, but the buyer intends to accept it. I entered in two new listings as well, I’ll post the details soon. Hopefully my buddy Gary should be here in the morning. The long term weather looks a little cool, but I just hope it is not too windy for fishing. Enjoy your weekend!

June 4th, 2009. The weather was beautiful today. This morning I had a showing down in Baraga county. Once I returned to the office, we officially got the deal together on a house in Hancock I recently wrote an offer on. In the afternoon I went out to a new 6 acre listing near Torch Lake. I got some pics and put my signs up. Today I also listed a foreclosure for a local bank. The property was out near Rousseau, and I went down there tonight to get some pics. I stopped at the cabin and did some mowing, and put up blinds in the rest of the windows. I’m looking forward to some company this weekend, and we hope to do lots of fishing. Have a nice Friday!

June 3rd, 2009. We made it back safely from Green Bay. My vision was well better than 20/20, so no more follow up appointments. Today the 12 acres I had listed on Lake Annie Road closed, so congrats to the buyers and seller. Here is a very nice land contract parcel in a great location. With these terms, it should sell quickly. The weather was pretty nice today, and is supposed to be even nicer tomorrow. I have a showing in Baraga county in the morning. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great day!

June 2nd, 2009. Greetings from rainy Green Bay! We came down here tonight since I have my LAST follow up eye appointment at LasikPlus in the morning. We had a delicious dinner at Texas Roadhouse tonight, we even saw quite a few Packers players come in as well. After a little shopping we’re ready for bed at the Cambria Suites. Tomorrow morning we’ll be heading straight back to the keweenaw after my appointment. I’m sure the appointment will be quick, my vision is absolutely perfect, I’m very happy that I had the surgery. Take Care!

June 1st, 2009. Monday was another busy day. In the afternoon I showed 6 houses in Houghton and Hancock. We ended up writing a good offer on a Hancock house. After that I sent out paperwork to list an 840 acre parcel near Rabbit Bay. Later in the afternoon I showed a house in Houghton that would make a good student rental. After office hours tonight, I showed a nice house in Dollar Bay, and then listed a 6 acre parcel just outside of Lake Linden. Now do you know why I laugh when people ask me if real estate is moving at all? We are busy up here!

May 31st, 2009. Did you have a nice weekend? Saturday I was in the office from 10-3, and then I showed a couple of houses in Houghton. After that I went out to the cabin for the rest of the weekend. I intended to get some work done on the cabin, but sometimes I just want to relax, and that is what I did. My rye is growing, and is already taller than my knees. Here are couple more of my recent listings. This 20 acre parcel near Rice Lake is a nice buy. Have you been looking for land near Copper Harbor? This waterfront parcel is in a great location, and is really nice land. I also just listed this large parcel of land with access to Lake Superior on Friday. This one is a bargain. Well, I’m ready for more showings on Monday. Make it a great week!

May 29th, 2009. This morning I went up to Keweenaw county where I listed a great property near Gay, and another nice property just west of Copper Harbor. I showed my waterfall listing near Eagle River, and we ended up writing a good offer on it later in the afternoon. Here is a great parcel on Pelkie Road. I’ve sold four 10 acre parcels out of this property, and this is the nicest one yet. Here is another great property outside of Pelkie. Very quiet road, very peaceful property. Have a great weekend!

May 28th, 2009. Today I took pics and put signs up on a new listing near Tapiola. After that I drove west of Pelkie and took pics and put up signs at a new listing on Eilola Road. After that I drove to Baraga and took pics and put up signs on a parcel near Lake Superior. Then I drove up to Lake Linden and took pics and put up signs on a listing on Rice Lake road. After that I checked a new parcel I’m listing on Gregorie Road. I then went back to the office and loaded up the listings until about 8:30 pm when the buyers I showed homes to the previous night in Lake Linden came in and we wrote an offer on a house. I finally got home at about 9:30 for another late dinner. I’m ready for another busy day tomorrow. It was a gorgeous day by the way. Have a nice day!

May 27th, 2009. It is 9:30 pm and I’m finally getting home from work. This morning I had a closing on my one acre parcel near Nisula. In the afternoon I showed some houses in Houghton and Hancock. After closing down the office at 6:00, I showed three houses in Lake Linden tonight. After that, I met with a buyer and wrote an offer on a 30 acre parcel and already got it accepted. Real estate is really getting busy, and I’m getting lots of e-mails from potential buyers. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

May 26th, 2009. The day was busy as expected. I set up showings with buyers virtually everyday the rest of this week. I sent out a purchase agreement for a parcel of land in keweenaw county day. This parcel on Oneco Road has been generating a lot of interest, and tonight I got an offer accepted on it. I didn’t get everything done that I needed to today, and I have even more stuff to do tomorrow. I have four new listings coming up once I get an extra hour to get them on the market. I love being busy!

May 25th, 2009. We’re back! I hope everybody had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We made the 8 hour drive back to the keweenaw from lower Michigan today. There was a lot of traffic heading back south, but the northbound traffic wasn’t bad at all. I’m starting to get over my cold, and now Melissa is just starting a cold of her own. We had a great time visiting everyone down there, and the weather was fantastic. I did quite a bit of fishing, but one night was a little too exciting. I’m all alone out in the middle of one of my favorite lakes down there, and all of the sudden a big snake appeared from underneath one of the boat seats. I’ve never particularly liked snakes, so being in a small boat with a big one in the middle of the lake was not something I enjoyed. By the time I got done dancing around the boat trying to get him out (I’m lucky I didn’t capsize), I looked behind me and realized that my pole was nowhere to be found. I lost my best pole in the bottom of the lake. I had to go buy another one the next day. There were a couple of young kids out on the lake, and they got a good laugh watching me tangle with the snake. Oh well. Judging by my e-mail inbox, I know I’m going to have a very busy week. Talk to you soon!

May 20th, 2009. We made it to lower Michigan. It feels like we drove right into summer. Temps are in the 80′s today, the leaves are out, it is wonderful! We’ve been busy visiting with family and friends, and I’m ready to do some fishing. I’ll try to check in again soon, Take Care!

May 18th, 2009. Today was very busy as we are getting ready to hit the road. To make things a little more difficult, I’ve come down with a really nasty cold, and I don’t feel very good. Today I listed a house in Ahmeek, and sent out a purchase agreement for a parcel near Baraga. I’m going to try to get some rest tonight, and hopefully I won’t feel too bad for the long drive tomorrow. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. If you haven’t yet, check out the new “mackinac bridge cam”. It is a pretty neat webcam. Maybe you’ll see me on it? Have a great week!

May 17th, 2009. My cousin Marcus was up visiting this weekend, and we stayed very busy. We covered a lot ground fishing and touring the Keweenaw. Saturday we intended to go fishing, but severe winds and snow forced us to abandon the fishing trip. Sunday we went fishing in Houghton county and had a nice day. The sun was out and we landed some nice fish. I’ll have a busy day tomorrow getting everything at work lined up so I can leave this week. Melissa and I will be traveling to visit my family farm. I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

May 15th, 2009. Yesterday we closed on the lot on Donmar street, so congrats to all who were involved. I also got an accepted offer on my one acre parcel in Nisula. I’ve listed three new properties, one is this waterfront home on Lac La Belle. I still think that this is one of the better waterfront buys on the market. I also listed this parcel on US-41. This is a prime location between Houghton and Calumet. I’m very pleased to show you this new listing on Oneco Road. Some properties I just know as soon as I list them that they will sell quickly, and this will be one of them. My cousin Marcus arrived last night, and we stayed the night down at the cabin. Today we went up to Keweenaw county to do some fishing for the pike opener. The extremely windy conditions resulted in us not catching any fish. It didn’t really matter, and day on the water in the Keweenaw is a great day. We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last 24 hours, and we’re planning on having plenty of fun this weekend. I hope you have a fun weekend!

May 13th, 2009. This morning I received a phone call from a landowner in Baraga county. I e-mailed him a listing agreement and hope to get the signatures back tomorrow. I’m still negotiating some counter-offers on the houses I’ve written offers on this weekend. Later in the afternoon, I also listed a new parcel right on US-41 between Houghton and Calumet. Tonight we had some friends over for dinner and some card games. It is warm and raining right now, but I think it is supposed to be sunny tomorrow. I hope so because I have some real estate signs that I need to put up, and some sold signs that I need to take down. Real estate is really moving right now, and I’m actually going to run an ad on local T.V., because I need more houses to sell. Residential seems really hot right now with all of the incentives for buyers. If you know anybody with a house to sell, please send them my way.

May 12th, 2009. Real estate is really moving. This morning I got the deal accepted on the nice house up in Calumet. Later in the day I had 5 showings, and ended up writing offers on two different homes. After all of that I went up to Oneco road, where I listed a fantastic building site. I am so pleased to have this new listing, I can’t wait to show you the details. Time to unwind for a few minutes before I go to bed. Have a nice day!

May 11th, 2009. Real estate continues to be busy. This morning I wrote an offer on a house in Calumet. In the afternoon, I showed a couple of homes in Hancock. Later in the evening, I went up to Mohawk for a showing, but the buyer never showed up. I’ll hopefully find out tomorrow what happened. There is lots of talk about the first time homebuyer’s tax credit. Many people are taking advantage of this program right now. I’m ready for another busy day tomorrow. Take Care!

May 10th, 2009. It was a busy weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there. Saturday I had a cancellation on a showing, but I was still in the office until about 4 pm. The talk of the town was all of the snow we received Saturday. It snowed most of the day, but it didn’t really accumulate. Sunday was right back to being a nice sunny day. I showed seven houses on Sunday, and then spent the rest of the day with the in-laws for Mother’s Day. It is definitely going to be a busy week in real estate. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Lets make it a great week!

May 8th, 2009. Today was a busy day. I had showings in the afternoon, and ended up writing offers on two different houses. Hopefully we’ll get at least one of them together. I have a busy weekend coming up, with showings on Saturday and Sunday. So here is a new listing that I’m very pleased to show you. This 30 acre parcel of beautiful property borders Wal-Mart and the Copper Country Mall. That is one prime piece of real estate. I’m looking forward to selling this listing. Enjoy your weekend!

May 7th, 2009. Sorry for the delay, I tried to update the journal last night, but the site was experiencing some difficulties. Here is price reduced property that you should check out. This is very nice cabin near Ontonagon. This would make a fantastic getaway. I’m so glad that I built my cabin, I’ve been enjoying it very much. I was out there yesterday afternoon, and have finished up the trim. The temps have cooled down quite a bit today, and I think that it is going to stay that way for awhile. I better get moving, I have showings this afternoon. Have a great day!

May 6th, 2009. Everybody was very happy about the 70 degree temperatures today. I was happy as well, since it really seems to make the real estate market heat up. I listed an incredibly prime piece of real estate in the city of Houghton that I’ll feature on here tomorrow night. I have a couple more listing coming soon. I also set up showings with a couple different buyers for Friday and Sunday. I like being busy! It is amazing how many people are buying homes right now. I did a search for homes in the Houghton/Hancock area from 50K to 120K, and I think almost half of them had accepted offers. Many buyers are taking advantage of the low interest rates and tax credits. Have a nice day!

May 5th, 2009. I ended up staying the night out at the cabin for the first time this year. I got up early and got lots of work done on the cabin before heading back to town. I probably only have about 2 hours worth of work left in order to finish up all of the trim. This afternoon I had a showing on my listing in Sylvan Estates that went very well. We’ll see what happens. Tomorrow I have a listing appointment that I’m very excited about. I hope you are having nice weather like we are!

May 4th, 2009. What a beautiful day! I don’t know what the temperature was, but it sure felt like summer. After I got a few real estate things done in the morning, I went out to the cabin, I couldn’t resist it on such a nice day. I finished putting up trim on all the windows, and got part of the bedroom done. I saw a few deer on my food plot at dusk. I’m so ready for summer!

May 3rd, 2009. I had a productive weekend. Saturday I did springtime stuff around the house. I got my snowmobile and my snowplowing ATV “summerized” and put away until next winter. Sunday was a beautiful day spent at the cabin. I worked on putting up trim for about 7 hours. It felt great to be back to work out there. I look forward to kicking up my feet someday, with nothing left to do out there, but I’m sure there will always be projects. The warm spring weather seems to cheer everybody up. There is a new ‘poll question’ for you to vote on. Have a great week!

May 1st, 2009. Hooray for May! It is nice to know that summer is almost here. This morning Melissa and I drove up to Eagle River to take down/put up some ‘for sale’ signs. After that I went and looked a potential new listing in Houghton. It ended up being one of the most impressive pieces of land I’ve seen in awhile, so I’m excited about the prospect of listing it. It looks like we have some nice weather coming next week, so we’ll look forward to that. If I don’t end up working all weekend, maybe I’ll be able to get some work done at the cabin. Here is a fantastic house I just listed in Hancock. This is a lot of house for the money, and I don’t expect it to last long. Enjoy your weekend!

April 30th, 2009. It is the last day of April and I’m glad. Today I entered in my new listing on Quincy Street in Hancock. I’ll post the details tomorrow night. Later in the afternoon, I had to go put up and take down some ‘for sale’ signs. It rained here most of the day. Tonight we went out to dinner for Melissa’s birthday. Her parents joined us at the Ramada Inn, where they give you a free dinner on your birthday. The new detours in Houghton are already causing confusion, as I met a car coming at me head on the way home tonight on the bridge. They trying to merge onto M-26 where you can’t anymore, and they had to cut between some of the cones to get back where they are supposed to be. I’m ready for May!

April 29th, 2009. I pretty much spent the entire day in the office. I got the Pelkie Road closing all ready for next week. I have many different buyers right now that I’ve been e-mailing back and forth with regarding some different properties. I really feel that it is going to be another good year. Tomorrow the major road renovation on Shelden Ave (where our office is located) begins. There is going to be some major detours in Houghton all summer, but the end result is going to be very nice. Michigan roads are constantly under construction anyhow, right? After work tonight we went up to “The Hut” in Kearsarge for dinner. They really have good food and huge portions there. After dinner tonight I listed a great house in Hancock, that I’m going to take pics of tomorrow. Have a great day!

April 28th, 2009. It was a cool but sunny day. Today I worked on a closing that is coming up next week. Later in the day I checked out a nice house that I’ll be listing within the next few days. Tonight I showed this waterview house between Houghton and Chassell. After that I drove down near Baraga to check on some survey work I’m having done on one of my own properties. You sure can tell that spring is coming, as the lawns are really greening up. I still won’t be surprised if it snows again before summer. Have a nice day!

April 27th, 2009. My phone was ringing all day, which is always a good thing. We got a deal accepted on this wonderful home in Hancock, so congrats to Ryan. Also, here is a great deal on 80 acres of timberland in Iron County. Tonight after work I went up to Melissa’s uncle’s house, and we put new brakes on her car, so that was a good job to get done. Well I’m ready for another day tomorrow, take care!

April 26th, 2009. We’re getting lots of rain. This should really help get rid of the snow once the sun comes back out. Saturday I watched the NFL draft on ESPN. I never know what to think of what my Detroit Lions do, but every year I have hope. That night we went to the Chassell Country Music Festival, held at the Rosza center at Michigan Tech. Our company, State Wide Real Estate, is one of the main sponsors. It is always amazing to see how much talent we have locally. Afterward, we enjoyed a nice dinner at the Pilgrim River Steakhouse. Here is a good deal on a 160 acre deer camp near Michigamme. I have started posting some of my listings on Craigslist, as I’m always looking for any way that I can to find a buyer. There is a new ‘poll question’ for you to vote on. Lets enjoy the last week of April!

April 24th, 2009. Today I did my continuing education for 2009. Every year, a real estate agent is required to attend 6 hours of continuing education, mostly to keep up with new laws or court cases regarding our profession. When it was over I went to the office, and entered in a couple of listings from Iron county. I have many other new listings on the way. Today was “senior walk” for Michigan Tech. Any of you that are familiar with this know that it ends being more of a “senior crawl” for most of the students. We avoided the busiest part of town and had dinner up at the North Shore. Ok, here is a listing that you need to see. I’d be willing to bet that you can’t find easier financing terms to own a beautiful piece of land in the U.P. Check out the listing here. Have a great weekend!

April 23rd, 2009. Today was another productive day in real estate. I showed a couple of houses to a buyer in the afternoon, and she really liked one of the two. After that I entered in some new listings. After work tonight, I showed a very nice house in Hancock, and we ended up writing an offer. We’ll have to wait for the seller’s response. Here is a very nice new piece of land in Portage Towship, Houghton County. This property really has it all. The weather was warm today! We’ve pretty much already lost the snow that we received a few days ago. Have a good Friday!

April 22nd, 2009. Things warmed up a bit today, and are supposed to warm up even more tomorrow. Today I listed a 22 acre parcel in Portage township, and I have many more listings on the way. Here is the Superior Woodworks business in Mohawk. There are already buyers interested in the place, so hopefully this listing well sell quickly. Tonight we picked up dinner to go from Gino’s, and played cards with some friends. I’m looking forward to a busy day tomorrow. Have a nice day!

April 21st, 2009. Bad, bad weather. Many cancellations and closings, as the roads piled up with several inches of dangerous slush. We closed on the Larson Road 40 acre parcel this morning. After that, I entered in the listing for the ‘Superior Woodworks’ business in Mohawk. I also entered a listing of a nice parcel of land near Nisula. I’ll feature the listings once the website catches up to them. I can’t wait for better weather. Take Care!

April 20th, 2009. Monday was busy as usual. I’m working with a couple of buyers on some vacant land parcels. In the afternoon, I went up to Mohawk and listed “Superior Woodworks”, a very successful local business. I’m very excited to market this opportunity. I’ll detail the listing on here soon. The other discussion of the day was our ample snowfall. If you get a chance, check out the local webcams. It is still coming down, and isn’t supposed to stop for at least another day or so. The quick change in weather is part of the price we pay for living up here. It is still hard to get used to 70+ degrees a couple days ago, to shoveling snow today. It is supposed to warm back up later in the week. Have a wonderful day!

April 19th, 2009. I kind of figured that our pleasant weather wouldn’t last. I drove home tonight watching the snow accumulate. I think it may be warming back up later this week. Sunday I showed a couple of high end properties. I feel bad that the weather was so bad, but I guess I can’t control that. After that, I traveled around with my buddy Ross to check on his camp, and some other random properties. Tonight I had a delicious venison dinner, which really hit the spot after being wet and cold all day. Have a great week!

April 17th, 2009. Today it was over 70 degrees! What a beautiful day. Earlier in the day, I went and walked the US 41 property that a partner and I recently purchased. After that, I went to the cabin to check things out. I’m ready to get back to work on it. I don’t have too much left to do. I jumped a grouse and a snowshoe hare while walking my property. Shortly after lunch, I was back in the office for the remainder of the day, still trying to get a couple more deals together that we are still negotiating. The weather is supposed to cool off this weekend, but I hope it is still relatively nice. Enjoy your weekend!

April 16th, 2009. Thursday was a day of negotiations. We have a counter offer on the Lake Superior property, so I’m still working on getting that together. Later in the day, I wrote an offer on the house in Hancock that I showed last night. We expect a response from the seller tomorrow. The weather today was beautiful! Temps in the high 60′s are making the snow melt fast. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer. Be sure to check the wildlife cam from time to time. I’ve been noticing some turkeys on there almost everyday lately. Have a great Friday!

April 15th, 2009. Tax day is here and gone, I can’t wait until next year. Today we got the snow tires off of Melissa’s car, and replaced them with the summer tires. I finally got the signatures back for my purchase agreement on this Lake Superior property. Now we just have to see if we can get the deal together. I showed a couple of houses in Hancock tonight, and I think we are going to be writing an offer on one tomorrow. After a long day, we had friends over for Ambassador pizza and games. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great day!

April 14th, 2009. Are you ready for tax day? I guess I am. Today I wrote an offer on this lot in Houghton. The deal has already been accepted, so congrats to everybody involved. I have some other deals in the works, which is great. Things are really starting to get busy. Later in the day I went and looked at a potential new listing that I’m excited about. I have some showings tomorrow, and I’m excited to see what the day will bring. Warm weather seems to bring the buyers out. Take Care!

April 13th, 2009. It was a busy Monday. I wrote an offer on this large waterfront parcel in Chassell township. Hopefully we’ll come to an agreement. The phone was busy all day. I’m also going to look at a potential listing tomorrow. We’re really enjoying the mild temperatures. Anyhow, back to finishing up taxes. Have a nice day!

April 12th, 2009. I hope that everybody had a great Easter. I showed several houses on Saturday. Saturday night, Melissa and I went out to dinner with a couple of friends down at Henry’s Never Inn in Rockland. We had a good dinner, and a great time. Sunday was spent with her family. Needless to say, I ate very well this weekend. As far as real estate, here is a waterfront lot on Rice Lake that just had a price reduction. Also here is my new listing on Portage Lake. This is a PRIME waterfront lot, and is priced less than what it sold for a few years ago! This is going to be a great buy for somebody. Well, back to work for most of us, I hope you have your taxes ready because the 15th is approaching!

April 10th, 2009. I hope everybody enjoyed good Friday. Most offices were closed today, but I ended up working there for quite awhile. I may be writing an offer soon on my lot on Donmar Street. I was also setting up several showings for this weekend. I wanted to feature the new listing on Portage Lake, but my MLS link is currently down. I’ve e-mailed my ‘web guy’, so hopefully it will be back up and running soon. The weather is supposed to warm up a bit here this weekend, so I’m looking forward to that!

April 9th, 2009. It was a great day. I met a buyer from Wisconsin to show him my 10 acre listing on Pelkie Road. We walked the property, and ended up going back to the office to write an offer. The offer has already been accepted, so congrats to all involved. After that, I reduced the price on a listing, and also listed a new parcel on Portage Lake that I’ll feature on here tomorrow. It is always exciting to list something on Portage Lake. Have a GOOD FRIDAY!

April 8th, 2009. Today was a fun day. I got the listing agreement signed on a fantastic waterfront parcel on Portage Lake. During the afternoon, I was up in the northern Keweenaw checking out several properties. Melissa and I had fun tonight visiting some friends. I’m excited about a showing that I have tomorrow. Have a great day!

April 7th, 2009. Today I officially got the deal together on my rental house listing in Houghton. Later on, I drove down to Chassell Township to take additional pics of a waterfront parcel for a buyer. After closing the office, I showed a house in Portage Township. It is nice to be busy. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

April 6th, 2009. It was a cold, breezy Monday. I’m still working on getting a deal together on a rental house I have listed in Houghton. Later on, I ended up showing a commercial listing up in Calumet. Here is a new price reduction for you. This may be in the most inexpensive waterfront lot you will find, especially for how nice it is. This would make a great investment. Right now I’m watching the Tigers and the Spartans, and it isn’t looking good for either team. Oh well. Talk to you tomorrow.

April 5th, 2009. It was a busy weekend. Saturday I showed several houses. We still have another one to look at this week. One of the houses we looked at had a major problem. Something must have recently happened, and their totally finished basement had over 6 inches of standing water everywhere! I’ve informed the listing agent. After the showings, my friend Ross and I went out to check on the camp. There were some deer tracks, so they must be starting to come out of the yarding areas. Saturday night I was excited to see the Michigan State Spartans advance to the championship game on Monday night. Sunday I went predator hunting around the Jacobsville area. The deer are having a hard enough time making it through this winter, especially with our extremely high predator population. I had some excitement, which I detailed in the hunting journal. I’m ready for another week of real estate. Take Care!

April 3rd, 2009. I sure love waking up and looking out my window to see open water on the canal. This morning I showed a new commercial listing up near Calumet. I went very well, I’ll be surprised if we don’t write an offer. I have a couple of major price reductions that I mentioned yesterday. We reduced this price on this private waterfront listing outside of Houghton. The price was also reduced on this large, vacant waterfront parcel. This building site is gorgeous, and a great value at that price. Anyhow, we had dinner at the Ambassador tonight, and I’m looking forward to several residential showings this weekend. Have yourself a great weekend!

April 2nd, 2009. This morning we made a counter-offer on the potential rental home sale in Houghton. Student rentals are in strong demand right now, as Michigan Tech had great enrollment this year, with limited housing options. I also was able to make some pretty significant price reductions on a listing that I’ll be able to feature on here tomorrow. Other than that, I’m stillll trying to wrap up my taxes for the year. I did see a very welcome sight on the way home tonight. As I was crossing the bridge, I saw open water in the Portage Canal, which is a beautiful sight. Take Care!

April 1st, 2009. April is here! Did you get pranked on April fool’s day? I played many, many tricks on my co-workers today. It was a lot of fun. The highlight of the day was telling the owner of State Wide that he needed to call Mr. Lyon. The number I gave him was for the Detroit Zoo. By the time he got to the operator at the zoo, they were laughing pretty hard at him. I received an offer today on a residential listing in Houghton. I’m pretty confident we’ll get it together. Tonight we had a great time as we went out to dinner with a couple of new friends. Have a great day!

March 31st, 2009. March is gone! I’m happy to be moving into April. As we approach spring, not only does the weather get better, but business picks up as well. Oddly, I’m still getting more inquiries on the high-end parcels than I am on the inexpensive properties. Keep your eyes open for April Fool’s day pranks!

March 30th, 2009. I had quite a few calls and e-mails today. Lots of questions from buyers, and hopefully showings will follow. I’m getting close to writing an offer with a buyer on this large waterfront parcel on Lake Superior. By the way, it kind of cracks me up when I see ads in the paper from buyers who are looking to buy property, but ‘no realtors’. I know some people have this idea that they can get a better deal if they pursue ‘for sale by owners’, but I don’t think that is usually a better option. Many buyers I’ve talked to said that most of the ‘for sale by owners’ that they contacted were not very good values. The point is, I have a few different investors who buy and sell all of their property through me, and it is all done through the MLS. They have made VERY good money doing so. The MLS is a great tool, and you can find great buys working with professionals. Take Care!

March 29th, 2009. I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Saturday I talked to a prospective buyer on this 240 acre listing near Ewen. I hope it sells. Later, Melissa and I went down to the cabin to check on things. The road was very soft, so we walked in from a distance. Everything was great, but there is still plenty of snow out there, and lots of critter tracks. I’m excited to finish up the final details this spring. Saturday I went to the NRA banquet. It is always a great dinner, and I usually don’t win any raffle prizes, but it was a great time. Sunday was a great day for sports here in Michigan. Michigan State basketball advanced to the final four, the Pistons won, and the Tigers won. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. I’m ready for another great week!

March 27th, 2009. Friday is here and gone. Tomorrow there is showing on that big log home that I recently listed in Covington. Today I also received a call on this waterfront home near Copper Harbor. I can’t believe nobody has bought this house yet! You can’t find a better deal on a great home near Copper Harbor. Enjoy your weekend!

March 26th, 2009. I got a deal together today. Last week I wrote an offer with a buyer on my Lake Annie Road listing. It took awhile, but today the deal is official, so congrats to all involved. I did get three other property inquiries today, so things are picking up a bit. This week has flown by. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Have a great day!

March 25th, 2009. Today was spent in the office. The phones have been pretty quiet this week. It is not all bad, as I always have things to catch up on. Our mild weather is supposed to be leaving us. It is supposed to be cold and snowy for several days now. Summer still seems like a long ways away. Have a terrific Thursday!

March 24th, 2009. Today was kind of uneventful. I went to the office for awhile to work on an upcoming closing. After that, I came home to continue working on taxes. There is a new poll question to vote on if you haven’t seen it already. Last night it rained through the night, but it didn’t really seem to decrease the snow, it just made it icy. I’m ready for April. I guess I’ll go back to watching the presidential address. Take Care!

March 23rd, 2009. I hope everybody survived Monday. Today I went to estimate the value of a stand of red pine owned by a local church. Other than that, the word of the day was taxes. I worked on them all day, and I still have a long ways to go. It is never enjoyable. Have a great day!

March 22nd, 2009. Another week here and gone. It seems like the days are flying by. I’m ready for another week of real estate. I get phone calls every week from people wondering how we are surviving in this economy. Meanwhile, we just keep selling properties. Some people never seem to grasp how our economy in the U.P. isn’t greatly affected by what is going on in the rest of the country. When the real estate market was booming in the rest of the country, we were still slow and steady. Now when the market is down in most of the country, we’re still slow and steady. I’m glad I have done most of my investing in land rather than the stock market. What do I have to show for the money I lost in the stock market? Not much. However, my land investments are turning out great. Even if property values were to go down, I’d still have some wonderful U.P. property to enjoy and cherish, unlike lost money in the stock market. Maybe you should consider investing in land? There are some solid buys out there, and I’d be glad to tell you what I think. Call or e-mail anytime.

March 20th, 2009. I hope you all had a great week. It was relatively warm today, but now it is snowing. I’m looking forward to a long weekend of working on my taxes. I better not watch too much college basketball, or else I’ll be distracted. Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you Sunday night.

March 19th, 2009. This morning I was out on sign patrol. I made some rounds, taking down signs from properties I sold, and some for other agents. I was down in Jacobsville, where you’ll always see a lot of deer this time of year. I also saw a huge coyote, I actually did a double take to make sure that he wasn’t a wolf. Later I got my new phone activated, a blackberry curve. This is my first ‘high tech’ phone, so I still have to learn all of the features. Is it Friday already?

March 18th, 2009. Today was a windy, sunny day. I’m still working on getting the deal together for the Lake Annie Road property. Buyer inquiries are starting to increase, as I had a couple more today. One of them seems really serious about one of my land contract properties. Last night when I was driving back from Nisula, I noticed that some of the snow had melted off some of the fields. There looked to be hundreds of deer taking advantage of the exposed vegetation. It was really good to see, as I’m really worried about the deer making it through this winter. Hopefully this early warm spell will help our herd. Have a great day!

March 17th, 2009. Happy St. Patrick’s day! Today was a busy day for me, I didn’t get home from work until 9 pm. This morning, the sellers accepted one of the offers on the Larson road 40. The unsuccessful buyer was very upset with me that he did not get the property. I really feel bad, but in a multiple offer scenario, one party is going to be disappointed. Yesterday, I advised both parties to make their best offer, and I would submit them both to the seller, and then let the seller choose. Obviously one offer was better than the other, and I thought that would be a fair way to do it. Anyhow, congrats to the successful buyers. After all of that, I went and showed my 12 acre listing on Lake Annie road. I snowshoed the entire perimeter with the buyer, giving him a better idea of the boundaries. We saw a grouse and a snowshoe hare, which is always fun. We then went back to the office, and he wrote an offer. I already have a counter offer, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. After that, I took a buyer down to Nisula took look at a nice building site. He really likes it, but needs to get his financing figured out. Overall, it was a long and productive day. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Take Care!

March 16th, 2009. The week is off to an interesting start. The weather was unbelievable today, topping out at 64 degrees! It sure was nice. The Larson road 40 consumed my entire day, even forcing me to cancel a showing. I ended up with two different offers at the same time. This is always good for a seller, while stressful for everybody else. No matter what, one of the buyers will be very disappointed. The sellers will accept one of the offers by tomorrow. I’m anxious to get the deal wrapped up. Have a nice day!

March 15th, 2009. It is starting to feel like spring! I know we’ll still get some winter storms yet, but it sure felt nice to be in some warmer weather. If you are a snowmobiler, don’t worry, we still have plenty. We ended up staying in Green Bay until Sunday, and had a great time. My vision is now 20/20, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m looking forward to a very productive week in real estate. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a good Monday!

March 13th, 2009. This morning I wrote an offer on the 40 acre parcel that I listed on Monday. We have a counter offer, and I’m going to have to roll up my sleeves to get this deal together. Right now I’m typing this from the Cambria Suites in Green Bay. Tomorrow is my final follow-up appointment for my eye surgery. My eyes have healed wonderfully, and I’m very happy. We have a couple of friends who will be arriving here shortly, to go to dinner and do some shopping together. Green Bay is packed right now, since they are having their ‘fan fest’. Have a fun weekend!

March 12th, 2009. I hope everybody had a great day. Inquiries from buyers seem to increase as the temperature does. Tomorrow morning I’m supposed to be writing an offer on one of my listings, so I’m looking forward to that. It is getting to the point where I’d like to have some more residential listings, so if you or someone you know is thinking about selling, please have them get in touch with me. Right now I’m watching a very exciting Red Wing’s game. We’ll see how it turns out. Enjoy your Friday!

March 11th, 2009. I’m not the type that likes to talk about the weather everyday, but it was really, really nasty. Super high winds woke me up several times last night. However, the storm has passed, and I think we’re in for a mild weekend. I thought I was going to be writing an offer on my Donmar Street lot tonight, but I guess not yet. It sure is a good price. Not much else to report, talk to you tomorrow.

March 10th, 2009. The winter storm has started. As I am typing this, there are frozen snow pellets accumulating. The roads may be treacherous tonight. I was supposed to be writing an offer on a house today, but the buyer decided that he better wait until his house sells for sure, which is probably a good move. As I mentioned yesterday, I listed a great 40 acre parcel close to Houghton. This property really has it all, check it out here. Have a great day and drive safe!

March 9th, 2009. The week is off to a good start. We had nice weather today, which I guess we better enjoy since a winter storm is coming. I finally got the paperwork back today for a 40 acre listing just outside of Houghton. I’ll have the details on here soon, it will be a great property for somebody to own. There is a new ‘poll question’, so be sure to check it out. Have a great week!

March 8th, 2009. I hope everybody had a great weekend. Saturday I showed a lot that I own in Tamarack City. It is a very nice lot, and the showing went very well. I hope it sells. Saturday night we went to the GLIAC girl’s basketball finals, where unfortunately Michigan Tech lost to Hillsdale. Hillsdale played very well and deserved the win. Sunday night I went and played basketball in Dollar Bay. I had fun, but I certainly don’t have the energy that I had back in high school. This year I’m going to turn the big 3-0. But my life is just beginning, right?

March 6th, 2009. It was a busy day. I had lots and lots of phone calls today from potential buyers. I can tell that it is going to be a great spring. I showed a house east of Lake Linden today, and it went very well. We may be writing an offer on Monday. I have received some nice e-mails this week from some of you that enjoy the website. I just wanted to say thanks, and that I really enjoy hearing from those of you that enjoy the site. Please tell your friends to visit the site! Have a great weekend!

March 5th, 2009. Another relatively warm day. My phone rang a lot today, I can tell that spring is coming. In the afternoon I drove down to L’anse to list a house with big pole buildings and acreage. My deal on a Hancock house fell apart, so I’m working with the buyer on finding something else. I’m also looking forward to a showing I have tomorrow. Enjoy your Friday!

March 4th, 2009. It was a pretty nice day today, as the temps were over 40 degrees for part of the day. I spent much of the day at work putting together a new desk, to give myself more space. It ended up being more work than I expected. We did a counter offer back on the South Range home, now I’m just waiting for the buyer to decide what he wants to do. I’ll be in Baraga county most of the day tomorrow. Take Care!

March 3rd, 2009. I didn’t receive a response to offer yet, but I expect to tomorrow. You’ll notice on the left that there is new link for ‘land contract properties’. I get a lot of people asking for properties with seller financing, so I went ahead and made a link to sort them out for you. There will hopefully be some additional improvements to that link soon, so hang in there. Alright, I am exceptionally pleased to introduce a new listing. If you have been looking for that perfect vacation or retirement home in the U.P., this is it! Check out this truly special log home on 76 acres, at the end of a dead end road in Baraga county. After work tonight, we went to the MTU girls basketball game against NMU. MTU won a tough game, and clinched home court advantage for the GLIAC playoffs, so congrats to them. Have a great day!

March 2nd, 2009. I thought it was supposed to warm up today? Oh well. I entered in my new listing, the log home near Covington. I should have details on here tomorrow. I’m also working on listing a great 40 acre parcel not too far from Houghton. Tonight I went back to the office to meet with the buyer I showed the houses to on Saturday. We wrote an offer on one of the houses. I sure hope we get it together. Take Care!

March 1st, 2009. Hooray for March! We are sneaking closer to more tolerable temperatures. It is still below zero as I’m typing this now. Saturday I showed a few houses, two in South Range and one in Liminga. It went pretty well, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got quite a bit going on in real estate this week, and I’m anxious to get some new deals together. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Lets make this new month a great one!

February 27th, 2009. Brrr! The temperature is currently 15 degrees below zero! Today I went and checked out a 40 acre parcel that I’m working on listing. It was really nice. After work tonight, Melissa and I drove down to Rockland to enjoy the fabulous buffet at Henry’s Never Inn. If you have never tried it, you really need to. They have it every Friday and Saturday night. On the way home we stopped and visited some friends for a bit. I have some showings this weekend. Talk to you Monday!

February 26th, 2009. The temps are dropping and the snow is falling, but today was a good day. I went down to L’anse for an appointment to list a ‘camp’ and 76 acres. The ‘camp’ turned out to be a 3600 square foot amazing log home. I can’t wait to show you the pics of this place. I’m very happy to have this listing. Have a great Friday!

February 25th, 2009. I hope everybody had a great day. I’m happy to report that my left eye is starting to come into focus, catching up with my right eye. It has almost been one month since my surgery, and so far I’m pleased. By the way, I found a new wildlife cam that is still in operation, so I replaced the one that had shut down. The new one is located in Pennsylvania. I’m actually hoping to have a wildlife cam of my own up and running before spring time. Busy today tomorrow, take care!

February 24th, 2009. Today I went and looked at the rental house I’m listing in Houghton. I’m pretty sure we already have a buyer for it, so it should be a pretty straight forward deal. To continue with the price reduction theme, here is a property that has gotten a lot of interest all winter, and now the new price makes it even more interesting! I’ll be surprised if this property lasts through the spring. Speaking of spring, we’ve got a long ways to go, but mild days like today give you hope that it is coming. Take Care!

February 23rd, 2009. Today was pretty busy. I talked to different people regarding three different potential listings. I have appointments this week to go check them out. I also drove down to Baraga to put up a sold sign, and to fix up a few signs that have been taken out by the wind and snow. I decided to try a new idea to market some properties. I made a short movie about one of my listings that I uploaded to youtube. I get thousands of hits on my hunting videos, so I figured maybe I can get some good exposure for some of my listings. It only takes one buyer to make it worthwhile. Check out the video here. Have a great day!

February 22nd, 2009. Another weekend here and gone, I hope you enjoyed yours. Not much happened here. I went down to the cabin on Saturday to check things out, the deer have actually left. I hope they have moved on to a suitable deer wintering area. Later in the day, I met a buyer to let him into a house for an inspection. He wants to do a couple more inspections with electricians and plumbers yet this week. It is important to cover all of your bases during your inspection period, typically 7 days after an accepted offer depending on what you negotiate. Anyhow, here is another price reduced listing that I currently have. Another great deal. Remember to vote on the poll question if you haven’t already. Have a great Monday!

February 20th, 2009. I hope you had a great Friday. I rode my snowmobile to work today, which makes for a fun commute. We did officially close on the 80 acre Jacobsville deal, so congrats to all involved. To continue with the price reduction theme, I havc another property you have to see. This property is a great deal! Especially with a land contract available, you won’t find an easier way to own some great U.P. property. See the listing here. Feel free to call or e-mail me any additional questions about the property. Have a great weekend!

February 19th, 2009. Today was a productive day. I got caught up on a long list of things I needed to do. I’m hoping to receive an offer on my residential listing in Sylvan Estates. Here in the keweenaw, we really can’t complain with the local real estate market. We are all staying busy, and homes and properties are still moving steady. However, I have lofty goals for this year’s real estate production, so today I started my own ‘real estate stimulus package’. I reduced the prices on several of my listings today, making for some fantastic deals on many properties that you may have already been watching. Here is one of the properties with a new price. You’ll see several more good deals over the next few days. Tonight I also made some improvements to the site that you’ll notice as you navigate around. Have a great Friday!

February 18th, 2009. We made it home. It was really windy and a little bit snowy, but I’ve definitely driven through worse. I’m excited to get back to work. I’ve got some real estate deals in the works. Tomorrow we’re also finalizing the deal on an 80 acre parcel near Jacobsville. Have a good Thursday!

February 17th, 2009. Greetings from Green Bay Wisconsin! Today started off as kind of a sad day as I realized it would have been my dad’s birthday. Melissa had to work until about 2:30, and then we hit the road to Green Bay. The roads were great all the way, but we’re supposed to get some winter weather tomorrow. We did a little shopping at Kohl’s, and have a beautiful room at the Cambria Suites. We had dinner at the texas roadhouse, and it was wonderful! I really, really liked it. Tomorrow morning I have a follow up appointment with my Lasik doctor. Right now my right eye is almost perfect, and my left eye is a bit blurry, but I’m still healing ahead of schedule. Also, the offer I wrote on the Hancock house last night was accepted today, so congrats to Zach. Have a great day!

February 16th, 2009. Back to work. Today I wrote an offer on a house in Hancock that I had shown last week. I’m confident we’ll be able to come to an agreement. I need pics for ‘pic of the day’. I’m sure you have some cool pics on your computer, so e-mail me some at josh@statewideofhoughton.com
We’re halfway through February!

February 15th, 2009. We had a fun weekend, I hope you did as well. Saturday night we went out to dinner at the Ambassador with a group of friends. If you like pizza, you have to try their tostada pizza, it is very good. Sunday we visited the in-laws for awhile, and then went to a 40th birthday party for a friend of ours. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a good week and stay warm!

February 13th, 2009. Hooray for Friday! After closing the office today, I had a showing on a house in Houghton, and a house up in Boston location. We’ll see what happens. I think that this is going to be a great year for residential real estate, and I want to make a big dent in the residential market this year. If you have a house to sell, I’m anxious to sell it for you. If you want to buy a house, I’m anxious to show some to you. Vacant land is my specialty, but I never get tired of selling houses. Here is the new 156 acre parcel in Ontonagon county. We had some gift certificates that were set to expire in February, so tonight we used them up at Applebees. It was really busy in there tonight. Lots of snowmobilers have rolled into Houghton for the weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 12th, 2009. I picked up my truck from the shop today. I had some warranty work done to replace a wheel bearing, and decided to have my transmission fluid changed while it was there. This afternoon, I had a showing on a house in Hancock. We are going to look at two more houses tomorrow afternoon. Melissa has been working a lot lately, so I decided to make her dinner tonight. This is a big deal because I NEVER cook. I’m so happy that dinner turned out great! It was a beef burgundy recipe that I found online, and it was so easy even I could do it. Here is the recipe if you want to try it. Have a great Friday!

February 11th, 2009. Another nice, mild day. I listed a 156 acre parcel in Ontonagon county, near Mass City. It is fantastic, it has a creek, year round access, and utilities, I’ll have details tomorrow. We’ve been having some difficulties with e-mail this week, as we’re switching to a new hosting service. If you have e-mailed me recently, and haven’t gotten a reply, please e-mail me at josh@statewideofhoughton.com. I hope you are having a great week!

February 10th, 2009. Today was unseasonable warm. We were in the mid-40′s, and snow was melting fast making several large puddles on the roads. It was still a nice break from the cold stuff. This winter still has a long way to go. Today I did some planning of a timber harvest that I hope to manage early this summer. My vision is blurry, but that is to be expected for another month or so. Please e-mail me some pics for pic of the day to josh@swoh.us! Thanks!

February 9th, 2009. It was a beautiful day. Even though spring is a long time away, you can’t help but think about it. Today I worked on writing an offer on my lot on Donmar Street, but we didn’t write the offer yet. Hopefully tomorrow. Later on I met up with a buyer of mine to look at an 80 acre parcel in southern Houghton county. Since I was down that way, I checked on the cabin, I sure love that place. Take Care!

February 8th, 2009. We had beautiful weather this weekend, and it seems that winter carnival was a huge success. We were able to watch the fireworks Saturday night from our house. I have some real estate deals in the works, I’m actually hoping to write two different purchase agreements on Monday. Sunday was a long day for me. I shoveled off the roof of our house, and the roof over the back storage building. We received some rain, so the snow was very heavy and hard to move. I know I’ll sleep good tonight. Have a great Monday!

February 6th, 2009. Houghton was absolutely packed today with winter carnival in full swing. I couldn’t even find a parking spot going to work. I had a closing today on a house in Centennial Heights, congrats to Roger. We were crunching some numbers today, and our office was up 20% in sales in comparison to 2007. State Wide of Houghton was the top selling single office in our MLS. I have a feeling that this year will be even better. Tonight Melissa and I went out to dinner with some of her co-workers at Carmelita’s in Calumet. It was very busy, but we had a great time. Have a fantastic weekend!

February 5th, 2009. Today was a beautiful day. The temps warmed up a bit, and the sun was out most of the day. It actually felt good to get out and shovel some snow after being trapped inside for so long. My eyes are still blurry, but pretty much pain free. I finally went to the office today, getting things ready for a closing that I have tomorrow. If you have any nice pics, please e-mail them to me at josh@swoh.us. It has been hard for me to get out and take pics lately. Winter carnival is off and running, and should continue to have good weather. Have a fantastic Friday!

February 4th, 2009. Today we made the 4 hour trip to Green Bay for my eye appointment. The appointment went great! My vision is way ahead of schedule for the healing process, and I’m so glad to have those contacts out! My eyes are virtually pain free now. Now my vision should continually get clearer over the next few weeks. I’m excited to get back to work on Friday. By the way, tonight is the ‘all nighter’ for winter carnival, where the students are working overtime on their ice sculptures. I felt bad for them as we drove by, the temperature is currently 0 degrees. They appear to be having fun anyhow. If you have never been to a winter carnival, you need to put it on your list of things to do. Have a great day!

February 3rd, 2009. Another boring day stuck at home. My eyes feel about the same as yesterday, with a little less sensitivity to light. In comparison to other people’s experiences I’ve read online, I’m healing very well. Tomorrow we head to Green Bay to get these temporary ‘contacts’ out of my eyes. That moment can’t come soon enough. I’m continuing to get inquiries from real estate buyers and have kept somewhat busy e-mailing info. There is a new poll question for you to vote on, so please check it out. Take Care!

February 2nd, 2009. I really really hate lying around all day. I still can’t do much, so I rest my eyes and listen to TV. I am able to work on the computer for limited amounts of time, so I was able to answer some property questions and feel useful. My eyes felt much less irritated today, but my vision is getting blurrier. My eyes are supposed to actually get blurrier for another week or so, then will improve. At this point, I’m happy just to have the pain subsiding. I’ve been reading other people’s PRK experiences online, and they are all very similar. Somewhat long recovery, but eventually great results. We really got some serious snow today. I can’t really handle the outside brightness yet, so Melissa had to do a lot of shoveling. I’m glad I married a yooper gal, they are much tougher than your average girl. Any of you that watched the Super Bowl saw a very good game. Now the hoopla is over until next year. Stay warm!

February 1st, 2009. Well, I’m back. It has been quite an experience so far after surgery. I was hoping to get standard LASIK eye surgery, but because of my thin cornea and bad prescription, I had to get PRK surgery. It is the same as LASIK, except that they remove the cornea, rather than bending it back on a hinge. The long term results are actually better than LASIK, but it has a longer recovery time. Right now I’m wearing a very uncomfortable, clear contact lens to protect my eye as the cornea grows back. I’m scheduled to get it removed on Wednesday, which can’t come soon enough. By the way, forgive me if I have any typos as my vision is still kind of blurry. Anyhow, the actual surgery itself was painless, the real pain starts after you leave and the numbing drops wear off. The first night was horrendous, but by the next morning my eyes felt much better. It could take up to a month before I’m fully functional, and up to 3 months for your vision to be perfect. I’m attaching a link for a video that shows the same procedure that I had. It is not for the squeamish, so watch this clip at your own risk. Since my eyes are more comfortable closed, this will be my first time ‘listening’ to the Super Bowl. Have a great week!

January 29th, 2009. Greetings from frigid Green Bay! We had a good drive down here. We had a great dinner tonight at a steakhouse called Prime Quarters, and I’m ready for Lasik eye surgery tomorrow. Wish me luck!

January 28th, 2009. I got the flat tire repaired today. The culprit was a small nail. I have no idea where it may have came from. I sent out a purchase agreement today on this nice Ontonagon county property. I’m still waiting to receive the signatures. I had many, many inquiries on the property all throughout the fall. Hopefully we’ll get an accepted offer. Take Care!

January 27th, 2009. Another beautiful, frigid day. After work, Melissa and I were on our way to the cabin when we got a flat tire! We just put new snow tires on it at the beginning of this month. I’m guessing I must have ran over a nail or something. Luckily it went flat right in front of one of our coworker/friend’s house, so we pulled in there and I put on the spare. We ended up grilling burgers there for dinner, and then played with their new Nintendo Wii until about 10:00 pm. It was really fun. Off to the tire shop tomorrow to get it fixed before our trip to Green Bay. Have a nice day!

January 26th, 2009. I hope everyone had a nice Monday. This morning I had a nice couple from lower Michigan stop in the office to visit me. They enjoy the website and are considering moving to the U.P. The temps continue to be very cold. Today I made some hotel reservations for a trip to Green Bay soon. I’m planning on getting LASIK eye surgery. I’ll keep you posted on that. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Also, check out the hunting journal for a video from my recent ice fishing trip. Take Care!

January 25th, 2009. Justin flew back home, and I’m ready to get back to the real world. We sure had a lot of fun and covered a lot of ground. Friday we went down to the cabin. We saw some deer and enjoyed the buffet at Henry’s Never Inn in Rockland. When I get more time this week, I have some more ice fishing pics to post, and a video. P.S. It is freezing cold!

January 22nd, 2009. Justin and I had a great day. We went up near Copper Harbor to do some ice fishing. Him and I used to ice fish together a lot when we were kids. We ended up catching 3 pike, one was a keeper. Afterwards, a friend of mine who lives up there cooked us a delicious walleye/perch dinner. A day spent outside is always a good day in my book. Take Care!

January 21st, 2009. Hello! Today I finally got the offer accepted for some Baraga county property I am purchasing. I ended up having to work in the office most of the afternoon, so my friend Justin went snowboarding again at Mt. Ripley. Tomorrow we’re planning to head north for some ice fishing. Also, I wanted to explain something about my website. I’ve heard some people tell me that sometimes they visit other local real estate sites to try to find some different houses/property. My site is the ONLY site you need! EVERY property in our MLS is listed on my website, regardless of what company has it listed, and I can sell any of these properties to you. Just wanted to clarify in case you’ve been jumping around trying to find additional properties. Have a great day!

January 20th, 2009. Today we closed on a 16 acre piece of property near Copper City. Congrats to Jack and Steve. After work, Justin and I met my wife up at her parents to do some snow removal. We shoveled off the house and garage, and needless to say, are exhausted. We took some pics with her Mom’s camera, so hopefully I can post some soon. The snow on the roof was up to my chest. I’m sure my back will be feeling it tomorrow. Take Care!

January 19th, 2009. I was at the office for a little while today, getting myself ready for tomorrow’s closing. Other than that, Justin and I have been out and about. He had a good time snowboarding at Mt. Ripley tonight, I had to pass on that. Later on, we had a couple more friends over for pizza and games. The snow really hasn’t stopped. I really feel bad for the U.P. deer herd this winter.

January 18th, 2009. I hope that everybody had an enjoyable weekend. My good friend Justin flew in on Saturday. We went to the Ambassador for some delicious pizza. Sunday was kind of a lazy day. You should notice that there is a new webcam on the home page below the office cam. We’re looking forward to a fun week enjoying the Keweenaw!

January 16th, 2009. Today is supposed to be the last day of the cold spell. I received a counter-offer on the property that I made an offer on in Baraga county. I plan to respond to it on Monday. I’m excited that my friend Justin is flying in tomorrow to stay with us for a week. We should have a great time. By the way, be sure to check out the office cam on Saturday. They are having a snowboarding demonstration right on our street, and we have the cam set up for your viewing enjoyment. Have a great weekend, get out and enjoy the beauty of winter!

January 15th, 2009. Hopefully there is only a couple more days of this bitter cold stuff. Today I officially got the deal together on the Centennial Heights house, so congrats to all involved. With interest rates as low as 4.75%, many people are currently refinancing their homes. I have an appointment next Tuesday, and I think we’ll be refinancing our home. I’ve already refinanced several of our land loans. I also made on offer today to purchase some property in Baraga county, we’ll see how it plays out. Have a good Friday!

January 14th, 2009. It was so cold this morning that Melissa’s car wouldn’t start. It started for me with no problem later in the day. My buyer that looked at the Centennial Heights house yesterday came in and wrote an offer. We already received a counter-offer, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. I really can’t wait to shake this cold. Stay warm!

January 13th, 2009. Brrrr! Our temperature is currently below zero. I’m still under the weather, but had a showing today. A buyer that I have worked with before looked at a house in Centennial Heights, which is just north of Calumet. It went very well, and I’m pretty confident that we’ll be writing an offer on it. After plowing snow, I put a little gas line anti-freeze (heet) in our vehicles tonight. If you are experiencing the same cold spell, you may want to pick up a bottle, or else you may end up with a car that won’t run. Take Care!

January 12th, 2009. I am sick. I stayed home today, but kept busy with e-mails and phone calls. I’m getting plenty of buyer inquiries lately. Winter is a great time to buy and sell. I really have a feeling this is going to be a great year for real estate. I hope to get over this cold soon. Speaking of cold, the temperatures are supposed to be very frigid this week, so I hope you can stay warm. Have a great day!

January 11th, 2009. It was a pretty busy weekend. Saturday I drove up to the northern Keweenaw to show this 80 acre parcel on brockway mountain. Brockway mountain drive isn’t plowed this time of year, so we had to use snowmobiles and snowshoes. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and a lot of fun. The showing went very well. Afterwards, I stopped at an old friend’s place up near Copper Harbor. He recently fell and cracked some ribs, so I visited with him for awhile, and then put away his christmas stuff and brought in some firewood to help him out. On the way home I stopped at the in-laws to shovel off their roof. I got about 1/3 done, but then I ran out of daylight. I’ll have to get back up there soon. Sunday afternoon/night we finally had our State Wide Christmas party. We had a great time, but I really have a cold coming on, and am starting to feel under the weather. I have a few things to take care of tomorrow, and then I’m going to try to get some rest. Have a great week!

January 9th, 2009. Today I drove up to beautiful Eagle River to show this spectacular waterfall property. This was the 2nd showing for these buyers, so they seem to be getting serious. I brought along snowshoes and a sled, so their little boy really enjoyed getting pulled around be me on the sled. I was notified that there was a problem with the ‘today’s new listings’ link. I have fixed the problem, so it is good to go now. Tonight I loaded up the snowmobile so I’m ready to show property on brockway mountain tomorrow. It should be a fun day. Have a fantastic weekend!

January 8th, 2009. I got lots of exercise today. I did property line work on a 160 acre parcel down in Jacobsville. The area is a known deer yard, and I always feel bad scaring so many deer when they need to conserve their energy. I noticed a couple of different bald eagles today too, probably hoping for some of the deer to give in to the brutal winter. It took 2 miles of snowshoeing to do all 4 sides of the property. The snow is still really powdery, so the snowshoes were sinking in pretty deep. My legs are really feeling it tonight. Anyhow, I was glad to get the job done. Tomorrow I’ll be out showing properties. Take Care!

January 7th, 2009. Today was another snowy Keweenaw day. Melissa and I took her friend Michelle down to the cabin today. We gave her the grand tour, and did some snowshoeing. I really love the woods in the winter. I still had to work in the office in the afternoon, so we got back early. I rode the snowmobile to work, which is always fun. We decided to use one of the Applebee’s gift certificate that we received for Christmas tonight. Some of our friends joined us, so we really had a good time. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Take Care!

January 6th, 2009. It felt good to be back in action today. I have 3 showings scheduled yet this week. I called a client to set up a closing today, and found out that he lost his mother today. Our condolences go out to him and his family. Tonight I accomplished the tiring task of shoveling snow off of the roof. I’m glad to have it done. Have a great day!

January 5th, 2009. We’re back! It feels great to be home. There was a nasty ice storm in lower Michigan, so we ended up leaving one day later than planned. Today’s roads were just fine for the 8 hour drive. The Keweenaw received lots of snow while we were gone. I received many real estate inquiries during the last week. It always seems that as soon as I leave the office for a week, things get really busy. I’ll be in the office tomorrow getting caught up. We had a great time visiting my family and friends. It seems that the older I get, the faster the years are going by. Have a great week!

January 1st, 2009. Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is 2009 already. We’re still in lower Michigan visiting family. I’m already looking forward to getting back to the great white north. Everybody in lower Michigan couldn’t wait to show us how much snow they got. Needless to say it is hard to impress Keweenaw people with snowfall. What they call a winter storm is what we get by lunch time. I hope everyone had a safe holiday season, and we’re all looking forward to a great 2009.

December 29th, 2008. We’re on the road! I finished up some things at the office, and we are now in Marquette. We had a little shopping to do, so we thought we’d get a head start tonight. Tomorrow we’ll end up in lower Michigan with my family. The MLS statistics are about over for the year, and it looks like I was the #1 closing agent for land in the entire U.P.! I want to say a special thank you to all of you who I have done business with. I really am blessed to be doing what I love up here. Have a great week!

December 28th, 2008. I hope everybody enjoyed their holiday weekend. I’d like to say happy birthday to my mother who turns an undisclosed age today. Today we took down many of the christmas decorations, including the tree. Its amazing how fast it comes and goes. We’re still getting ready to head downstate and visit my family. Tomorrow I have lots of work to get wrapped up before we go. I got my snowmobile back from the shop, it had water in the gas. There is a new poll question for you to vote on. Have a great week!

December 26th, 2008. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Melissa actually had to work until about 2:00, and then she drove up to her parents. I thought it would be fun to ride my snowmobile up there. What a great Christmas ride! I met the trail groomer early on, and after that I never saw another snowmobile. It was a beautiful day with smooth trails. Christmas went great, then we spent the night up there. Today on the way back, my snowmobile died on me. I managed to get it going again, and made it into Calumet where it died again. I ended up calling my father in law who brought the snowmobile trailer so I could drop it off at the shop. Today we officially got the deal accepted on the Jacobsville 80 acre parcel, so congrats to the buyers and sellers! Have a great weekend!

December 24th, 2008. Merry Christmas! I did manage to squeeze in some real estate today. I wrote an offer on an 80 acre parcel near Jacobsville. After that, I went to Wal-Mart for a little last second shopping. It seems that many other people had the same idea…it was a madhouse in there. We went up to Melissa’s parents the rest of the night. We had lots of snacks and watched ‘The Christmas Story’. Ho…..ho…..ho. ;) Have a wonderful Christmas!

December 23rd, 2008. Another day, another Christmas party. Today Melissa and I signed the closing paperwork for our highway property. After work, we drove up to Copper Harbor to the Tamarack Inn, a great place to eat. They throw a private Christmas party every year for some of the local friends. We had fantastic prime rib. The drive back was a little slow, since we are trying to drive carefully on the winter roads. If you have family traveling for Christmas, I hope that their travels are going smooth. Take Care!

December 22nd, 2008. I hope everybody had a great day. I was happy to get my truck back today. I went to the office and finalized the paperwork for the closing on the highway property that I own. Tonight my wife and I went to dinner with some friends at the Pilgrim River Steakhouse. After dinner, they came over and played games with us. We had a lot of fun. Have a great day!

December 21st, 2008. I hope you had a great weekend. I know that lots of people were out finishing up holiday shopping. Melissa and I went down to the cabin on Saturday. We are still seeing lots of deer. I believe that almost all of the bucks have already dropped their antlers, preparing for another brutal winter. Lots of lookers in real estate right now. Interest rates are getting very low. I’m sure most of you have a short week at work, so hang in there!

December 19th, 2008. It’s Friday! I had another enjoyable day of using my snowmobile as my primary means of transportation. Happy birthday to my great grandmother Mabelle Preston who turned 100 today! She is an amazing lady. Don’t forget to vote on the poll question if you haven’t already. Have a fantastic weekend!

December 18th, 2008. Today I closed on a 13 acre parcel near Copper City. Congrats Jack! My truck isn’t running right, so I had to tow it to the mechanic. Luckily I have my snowmobile to get me back and forth to work. Tonight my wife and I had a great pizza at the Ambassador. Have a great Friday!

December 17th, 2008. Cold temps meant nasty roads today, as we heard about many car accidents. It seems it takes people a month or so to remember how to drive in the winter. In fact, as I type this at 10:30 pm, I just returned from pulling out a co-worker who was stuck. Tonight I spoke in length with a buyer regarding this large waterfront parcel in Houghton county. Hopefully things will continue to progress on this good buy. Have a great day!

December 16th, 2008. The low temperatures made part of my day difficult. My wife’s car wouldn’t start this morning, so she had to take my truck. I decided to take the snowmobile to work, but ended up having to change the spark plugs to get that going. With a little isopropyl and jumper cables, I managed to get her car going when I got back home. Here is a 40 acre parcel near Pelkie, and another one just a mile away. Nice hunting properties. We’re looking forward to slightly warmer temperatures. Take Care!

December 15th, 2008. Blizzard! Schools and most businesses were closed today. You know it is a snowy day when you have to dig yourself out to go to work, and then dig yourself back in to get home. There is new pic on the buck pole. There is also a new poll question. Tonight all I’m worried about is staying warm and watching Monday Night Football. Have a great day!

December 14th, 2008. We sure are having goofy weather. First it was blowing and snowing all day, and then tonight it turned to rain and 36 degrees. The power went out in all of Houghton tonight for awhile. I went down to the cabin to enjoy the last weekend of muzzleloader season. Today’s hunting journal might be my last for the year. My grandpa got a buck in lower Michigan tonight, so I’m very excited for him. He takes his hunting seriously. Anyhow, it is supposed to get very cold later tonight, so all of this rain will freeze I’m sure. Should be interesting roads in the morning. I need some pics for pic of the day….so send me some!

December 12th, 2008. Brrr! The temps are single digits. We have a full moon tonight, it sure is beautiful. This morning I had a closing on a waterfront lot down near Bootjack. Congrats to Paul! In the afternoon, I entered two new listings, 40 acre parcels near Pelkie. Tonight Melissa and I went to another Christmas party with many of her co-workers. We had a lot of fun, but couldn’t stay too late. I’m looking forward to toughing out the cold and doing some muzzleloader hunting this weekend. Have a fantastic weekend!

December 11th, 2008. More and more snow. I heard a report today that we’ve already received over 60 inches of snow this winter. Today I had a showing on this 80 acre parcel near Jacobsville. We snowshoed about half of the property. It was very tough going as the snow is still so soft and powdery. The showing went very well. We had a bald eagle circling us several times during the day, he seemed to be following us around. I don’t expect this property to last long. They expect to make a final decision sometime later next week. I’m looking forward to a closing tomorrow morning. Also, sorry the video didn’t work on the hunting journal. Youtube was very slow, but it is working now, so check it out. Have a great Friday!

December 10th, 2008. The cold and snow continues as winter is off to a quick start. I went hunting in the morning, then headed back to the office for the rest of the afternoon. I have a closing on Friday, so I had to get all the closing paperwork finalized. Tonight we went to the women’s Michigan Tech basketball game versus Finlandia. Tech dominated Finlania in every aspect of the game. The radio said that Tech is ranked 14th in the nation right now. When we purchased our tickets, we noticed on the back that we won a free large pizza at the ‘Mine Shaft’ in Houghton. We decided to take advantage of the coupon right after the game. The pizza was great. I finally updated the hunting journal tonight with some new video footage, so check it out. Have a great day!

December 9th, 2008. I hope everybody had a great day. I heard that lower Michigan got pounded with snow. By the way, if you are using this site searching for real estate, make sure you are using the ‘today’s new listings’ feature. I’m quite sure that you won’t find that feature on any other website in our MLS. Today I went muzzleloader hunting, and saw many deer, including 2 bucks. I’ll try to post some footage tomorrow. There is a new buck on the ‘buck pole’. Take Care!

December 8th, 2008. Another day, another deal. The buyers from this weekend decided to make an offer on the parcel adjacent to the one they just secured a deal on, and got an accepted offer on that parcel as well. Now they will have plenty of elbow room. Tonight Melissa and I had a delicious dinner (ribs) at our sister-in-law’s house. Also, there are two new pics on the buck pole, including one real giant. Have a great day!

December 7th, 2008. It was a fun and productive weekend. On Friday, I sold my property that was on Ebay. I communicated with the buyer, and everything is a go. On Saturday, I met a wonderful couple from Illinois to look at this property near Copper City. They were adventurous, and more than willing to hike all of the ridges and valleys through the rapidly accumulating snow. We went back to the office, wrote an offer, and got it the deal accepted before they went back home, so congrats to them! That night, my wife and I went to her work Christmas party, and really had a blast. I’m anxious to get back to work tomorrow. Have a great week!

December 4th, 2008. Snow, snow, and more snow. I opened the office this morning. Came down to the cabin today to check out the deer situation. The snow is well over their knees now. I should be able to muzzleload hunt, but I think they’ll be migrating out of here soon. The roads were an absolute white out tonight. No end of snow in sight!

December 3rd, 2008. It was a beautiful, cold winter day. Today I wrote a purchase agreement and got the wheels turning for a deal where I’m serving as a transaction coordinator. We also got a Christmas tree today, and Melissa put up most of the decorations around the house. I’m looking forward to doing some hunting on Friday, and then Saturday I’ll be showing some property in northern Houghton county. Take Care!

December 2nd, 2008. There are a couple more big bucks to check out on the buck pole! Many people had some great hunting this so congrats! There are only a few days left on my ebay property, I encourage you to check out. You won’t find an easier way to own some great property. LOW downpayment, LOW monthly payments. Feel free to call me or e-mail me with any questions about it. Have a great day!

December 1st, 2008. December is here! I went to the office for awhile today, and then got lots done around the house. I put away some of my hunting stuff for the year, which is always kind of sad. I got the plow set up on the ATV, and did some plowing, it is working great. I surprised my wife by putting Christmas lights out on our house. I’m usually pretty reluctant to get in the Christmas spirit, so she was very happy. Be sure to check out the hunting journal if you haven’t, I posted 4 new videos. Have a great week!

November 30th, 2008. Rifle season is over! It actually wasn’t bad this year, I saw bucks on pretty much every hunt. I got some pics e-mailed to me for the buck pole, and I expect some more this week. Keep them coming! I hunted hard this weekend and got lots of video. I’ll try to get some posted on the hunting journal, I may not be able to get it all uploaded tonight. Back to work tomorrow! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2008. I spent the day at the office, sending out info to potential buyers. The website traffic has been great, and I wanted to thank you all for continuing to visit the site. I would like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2008. The phones are starting get a busy. I had a few different productive calls from buyers today. I’m glad that people continue to invest in the U.P. There is no place like it. Later today I set up my muzzleloading spot, and hunted on my property. I updated the hunting journal, complete with video. Tomorrow will be a busy day at the office. Take Care!

November 24th, 2008. Did you survive Monday? It was a pretty good day here. Got an inquiry from a good buyer. I also may have secured a deal as a transaction coordinator. A transaction coordinator is where you don’t represent the buyer or the seller, you simply make sure all the paperwork is done properly for a deal. I went to the cabin today and watched deer. Saw about 5 or 6, same does and fawns as usual. Have a great day!

November 23rd, 2008. I hope everybody had a great weekend. Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day. I went hunting, and saw quite a few deer. Anyhow, the hunting journal is updated, the buck pole has another entry, and if you have been hunting, please vote on the poll question so we can see how everybody is doing. Have a great Monday!

November 21th, 2008. 15 degrees and snowing steady! The cold exposed the old batteries today, I had to change one in the ATV and in my truck. I have to make this one short because we have a whole bunch of people coming over for a party at our house. Should be fun! Have a great weekend!

November 20th, 2008. Today I hunted all day. We are really getting the snow. Lots to do tomorrow, we’re hosting a work party at our house. I finally got my opening day video on the hunting journal, so check it out. There is also another entry on the buck pole, keep the pics coming!

November 19th, 2008. Just another snowy day in the Keweenaw. I really shouldn’t be saying that already, since we have months and months of it to come. Deer didn’t move as good as I thought they would tonight, probably because of the gusting winds. Be sure to check out ‘pic of the day’ and the ‘buck pole’, my friend Jeremy got a HUGE Keweenaw buck. Congrats Jeremy!

November 18th, 2008. Today was a catch-up day in the office. I’ve been getting at least a phone call a day on this 80 acre parcel near Baraga. At that price, it is obviously one of the best deals out there. I’m already anxious to get back out in the woods, I love when the snow arrives. There is a new poll question for you to vote on, primarily the deer hunters. Have a great day!

November 17th, 2008. Hello! I hope those of you that went hunting had a good time. I have a couple of pics that were e-mailed to me for the buck pole, so check them out. If you have a pic of your success, please e-mail it to me! The hunting journal has been updated. It really wasn’t a bad first three days of rifle season. The snow has really been falling today, I think that winter is here to stay now. Have a great day!

November 14th, 2008. It is the night before the rifle season opener. I’m sure many of you are excited for tomorrow. I pulled a couple of my treestands today, and went bowhunting one last time tonight. I’m at the camp and ready to go for tomorrow. I sit from dusk to dawn, never leaving my stand on opening day. We’ll see what happens. Have fun and be safe!

November 13th, 2008. Today the sellers signed for their portion of the closing on the Calumet house I recently sold. Buyers will wrap it up tomorrow. I’m sure many of you are excited to hit the road for deer camp tomorrow. Rifle season isn’t my favorite season, but I kind of excited for opening day. The weather wasn’t good enough to hunt tonight, but I’m hoping to sneak in one last bowhunt tomorrow night. I also wanted to clarify something about the ‘wildlife cam’. I don’t own the camera, and it isn’t on any of my properties. I simply found it online, and wanted to share it with you. I actually don’t even know what the state the cam is located in. It sure is fun to watch though, I saw 7 deer on it at once tonight. Have a great Friday, and safe travels if you are heading out to the woods. Good Luck!

November 12th, 2008. Yucky day. Pouring rain, and south winds weren’t good for the spot I wanted to hunt, so no hunting for me. I spent most of the day in the office, and later on my wife and I went up to Ahmeek to visit the in-laws. My father-in-law and I sighted in our rifles. Both of our guns were on, and required no adjustment. I hope the weather improves soon. Have a great day!

November 11th, 2008. Today was a pretty nice day. The sun was out some, and the temps were tolerable. I stayed down at the camp to make some preparations for the upcoming rifle season. After getting my spot ready, I decided to just hunt right over the food plot by the cabin. I ended up seeing 13 deer, I was very surprised. Anyhow, I updated the last couple of hunts on the hunting journal, so feel free to check it out. Take Care!

November 10th, 2008. It was a cold Monday. It finally stopped snowing. I am getting things ready for a closing this week, and we are still working on putting a deal together for the Pt. Abbaye parcel. Tonight I went hunting, and saw several deer. I’ll post some details/video on the hunting journal tomorrow. Gas prices are down to $2.19 in Houghton, it is a nice change. Have a great day!

November 9th, 2008. Brrr! It is only 27 degrees right now, and it has been snowing all weekend. We got about 6 inches in Nisula, and maybe 3 or 4 in Houghton. It is hard to believe that less than a week ago I was complaining about how warm it was. It feels like we fast forwarded to the dead of winter. Melissa had to go to Marquette for a work conference this weekend, so I stayed out at the cabin. I went hunting Saturday and Sunday, and saw a total of 7 different bucks, which was pretty exciting. However, I really froze. By the way, last night I saw a HUGE buck….on the wildlife cam. Have a great Monday!

November 7th, 2008. Happy Friday! Today we made a counter-offer on the offer we got on the Pt. Abbaye parcel. Hopefully we’ll find a way to get it together. After work, I went hunting. By the way, there is a new poll question for you to vote on. I’ve been seeing lots of deer on the ‘wildlife cam’, so be sure to check it from time to time. I listed one of my properties on ebay, I’ve had some pretty good success selling parcels this way. This property is a very good investment, check it out by clicking here. I’ll give you a special deal if you are a joshsteinland regular!

November 6th, 2008. We are still stuck with warm weather. I haven’t went hunting due to the unfavorable conditions. It is supposed to cool down this weekend, and I can’t wait to get out in the woods! I had a buyer purchase a lot on Rice Lake this summer who wasn’t quite sure about the boundaries of the parcel, so I went out there today to ribbon up the corners for him. It sure is nice out there. Have a great Friday!

November 5th, 2008. After all the build up, the presidential election over. It will be interesting to see what the next few years bring for our country. Today was warm again, and we actually had thunderstorms tonight. My deal on the Calumet house almost fell through today because of the appraisal, but luckily I managed to put it back together. I also received an offer today on the Pt. Abbaye parcel, we’ll make a counter-offer tomorrow. Tonight we had a nice dinner at ‘the Hut’ in Kearsarge, to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. Have a great day!

November 4th, 2008. It is a heat wave! The temps hit 70 degrees here today! Too hot for hunting, but I guess it is kind of nice to enjoy one last day or so of short sleeve weather. I know they are calling for snow this coming weekend. I did my duty and voted today. I’ll be anxious to see who wins tonight. Take Care!

November 3rd, 2008. How was your Monday? Today was actually pretty uneventful for a Monday. I got an appraiser set up to appraise a home that I sold. I’m getting lots of interest on this waterfront parcel. It was unseasonably warm, up in the 60 degree range. I went hunting tonight and saw a nice buck. Get out and vote on Tuesday!

November 2nd, 2008. I hope everybody had a great weekend! Melissa and I stayed at the camp Friday night, then headed back to town on Saturday. I went hunting Saturday night, and then we went to the Michigan Tech hockey game. Tech lost, but we had fantastic seats, and it was pretty exciting. Sunday the in-laws came over for a little birthday get-together. Great food, great times. I thought my Detroit Lions were going to pull out a victory, but as usual, they found a way to lose. Oh well. November is here! Have a great week!

October 31st, 2008. Happy Halloween! Today is my birthday so Melissa and I are down at the camp. I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be. I went hunting tonight, and now we’re getting ready to have a delicious dinner. Melissa saw more deer from the cabin than I did out at my hunting spot. Go figure. Have a great weekend!

October 30th, 2008. Today was unseasonably warm, with temps rising back up to the high 60′s. Tomorrow the temps are supposed to drop back down in the 40′s, which makes me happier.

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