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Lincolnwoods Desirable Hamlin Twp. location Private, quiet development Underground Elec. - Natural Gas Close to Lake Michigan and golf Country setting yet close to town Lots starting at $19,900

Woodland Hills Subdivision off Jebavy Dr. north of US10 Premier PM Twp. building sites Underground utilities-Natural Gas City water and sewer Close to town, schools & shopping lots starting at $29,900

906 N. Gaylord Avenue 3+ bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths Newer flooring and paint Hardwood floor in bedrooms Full basement-Fenced yard Nice in home in a desirable area $79,900

811 E. Danaher St. 3 bedrooms and 1 bath Newer updated Oak kitchen Original Hardwood flooring Full basement-Central Air Paver patio-Firepit-Fenced yard $59,900

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4330 S. Morton Road Country living on 5 Acres! Enjoy this 3 bedroom, 1 bath Hardwood floors - Basement 4 stall garage w/workshop Land Contract Terms available $99,000

706 E. Ludington Avenue Beautifully restored and maintained 5 bedrooms w/private baths Great architectural details 3rd floor 2 BR apartment Carriage house with 3 apartments $397,000

N. Hamlin Shoals 133 feet on Hamlin Lake 1.2 acre building sites Gentle slope to the water's edge Buy now and build your dream home Lot #10 - $65,000 Lot #11 - Just Reduced! $55,900

287 S. Taylor Road Fabulous Emerson Lakefront home 2 bedrooms and 2 baths Full basement-2 car garage 4.6 Acres of woods and gardens 30x40 insulated Pole building $229,900


Harbor Terrace Condominiums Great Amenities – Water Views Unit #201 Unit #412 2BR - 2.5 BA 3BR - 2 BA 12ft Ceilings 2 Story Unit Fireplace Granite counters $329,900 $239,000

Income Property Opportunities 202 S. Washington 210 N. James 2 Unit/Single Family 2 Unit/2 Story 2BR-1BA in ea. unit 2 BR-1BA in each New roof in 2012 Separate entrances Full basement Partial basement $59,900 REDUCED! $44,900

7041 W. Nurnberg Road Hamlin Lake at its Best! 343 ft. lake frontage 22.1 acres with 2 small lakes 5 bedroom, 4 bath main house 3 stall garage w/guest apartment "One of a Kind" $775,000


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Taking the ‘scare’ out of your basement We grew up in a home built by our grandfather at the turn of the last century. It consisted of two stories with a partial basement. As is the case with most basements, our basement housed what seemed like an ancient oil burning furnace, a bulky water heater, boxes and boxes of who-knowswhat, and lots of canned goods. As children, we rarely ventured into the basement. The clanking furnace, rumbling water heater and banging pipes emanating from the damp, dark and musty environment made it an especially frightening place. If the Boogey Man existed -- as our older siblings professed -- we were certain that he was living contentedly in our basement. This fear may have been perpetuated by the fact that our Halloween costumes were stored in the basement. Ghouls and goblins aside, a basement can be an especially scary place when it comes to maintaining the space and the systems that it houses. Although basements come in a host of shapes, sizes and finishes; there are certain characteristics that they have in common. They are located either partially or fully below ground, which makes them especially vulnerable to intrusion by water and damage by rot and structural pests such as termites. Most basements also provide easy access by unwelcome rodents and vermin. Keeping each of these potentially harmful elements at bay can be a daunting

‘A basement can be an especially scary place when it comes to maintaining the space and the systems that it houses.’ task. In addition to acting as quarters for the home’s heating system and water heater, a basement may also contain the laundry facilities – a washer, dryer and deep sink – and sometimes a bathroom. As Halloween approaches, so too does cold weather and the need to turn one’s attention to basement leaks, squeaks and other things that go bump in the night. Taking care of some of the following tasks can make for a safer and more comfortable home and help ward off “frightening” utility bills. • Have your furnace inspected and serviced by a professional heating contractor. Beyond ensuring that it is operating safely, you’ll want to guarantee that you’re getting the best bang for your energy-buck – especially with the cost of heating fuel. The pro will adjust burners, check the thermostat, change filters, confirm pressures and perform other necessary cleaning and maintenance. • Leaking heat ducts can be a major source of energy loss. Look for separating ducts at joints and connections to equipment. Though duct tape is excellent for

thousands of uses, sealing leaking ducts is not one of them. Pros use a heavy metallic tape or a paint-on elastomeric sealer. • Insulation that surrounds heat ducts is an important part of their efficiency. If the ducts are old, the insulation may contain asbestos, which has been deemed to be a health hazard. The Environment Protection Agency recommends that asbestos-containing building materials are best left alone when in good condition and not in a “friable” or crumbling state. If you believe there is reason for concern, contact the nearest branch of the American Lung Association for information on testing, repair and abatement. If your ducts are not insulated, insulate them. If they are insulated and the material is not firmly affixed, use a spray adhesive to properly anchor the material. • Check for leaks at all plumbing pipes and repair or replace. Pay special attention to the pipes that are attached to the hot and cold ports on the water heater. They are prime candidates for corrosion that can lead to hidden leaks that will rot a water heater. • Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that results from improper combustion by fuel burning appliances. In high concentration it is potentially lethal, thus earning it the title of “the silent killer.” You can prevent carbon monoxide in the basement be making sure that all fuel burning appliances – furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, water heaters,

boilers, gas dryers and the like – are operating at peak efficiency and are properly vented. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide alarm in your basement, install one! If you do, test it frequently and make sure that it is in good working order. In addition, all fuel burning appliances should be properly vented to the exterior utilizing approved venting materials. Pay special attention to make sure that vents pipes are properly attached to appliances. • Caulk cracks in concrete walls with a high quality flexible caulk. Cracks and gaps that allow water to enter should be filled with hydraulic cement. • Minimize water entry by installing rain gutters and downspouts that discharge well away from the foundation. Soil surrounding the home should slope away from the foundation to ensure proper drainage. • Any water that does make its way into the basement should be collected by a sump system and pumped safely to the exterior. Check to be sure that the sump and pump are clean and in good working order. Excessive water buildup may require the installation of a more comprehensive water collection and ejection system. • If your washer and dryer are located in the basement, replace rubber water supply hoses at the washer with braided stainless steel hoses to prevent burst hoses and flooding. Save energy and prevent a potential fire by disconnecting the dryer duct and removing lint buildup.

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Lighthouse Realty Ludington 231-845-7500 Manistee 231-398-3800

Lake County 231-898-3660 Oceana County 231-869-7500


Reduced! LOVELY BASS LAKE HOME 6769 S. Lake Street, Pentwater 1st time offered...enjoy beautiful Bass Lake frontage. Nestled on a landscaped lot is this wonderful 3 bedroom, 1 bath home or cottage. Vaulted ceilings, open floor plan and an abundance of natural light. Geothermal heating/cooling system. $269,900 #12033555

WASHINGTON WOODS 1233 Blue Heron Dr., Ludington Beautiful condo, built in 2007. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, den, large rear deck, attached garage. Designed so that everything you need is on the main level. In a quiet tree lined subdivision. $199,500 #12036195

THE SANCTUARY AT HOPKINS LAKE 5487 W. Golfside Dr., Ludington Beautiful lot with frontage on two streets, both Golfside Drive and Ironwood Drive. Lot has a nice building site and has a 4 inch well already drilled. $14,900 #10057514

ACREAGE 10A US 31, Pentwater 10 acres with over 766 feet of frontage on Oceana Drive which is north Business US 31. Heavily traveled. 2/10 mile from interchange of US31. Unlimited possibilities. $109,000 #11050510

ABSOLUTELY IMPECCABLE HOME 233 N. Jackpine Rd., Fountain 2 bedroom,1 bath home on 3 lots, 2 are landscaped with gardens, underground irrigated. 3 seasons room. New roof, appliances, kitchen cabinets, and floor. Detached garage, 2 storage bldgs., deck. $119,900 #11029814

GREAT NEW PRICE 1209 E. 6th St., Pentwater Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 120 x 160 wooded lot. Fireplace, main floor laundry and plenty of storage space. *Short Sale subject to bank approval. $179,000 #11025605

WASHINGTON WOODS 1259 Blue Heron Dr., Ludington Lovely condo built in 2006. 9 foot ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal dining room, nice size living room, large deck off living room overlooking wooded area. $194,500 #12054681

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Injury-prevention tips for DIYers (BPT) - When you finally tackle that home improvement project you’ve been planning for a while, you’re probably eager to get the job done quickly, well and onbudget. Injuries can delay your project, and cost money for medical expenses or even time lost from your job. It’s important to take steps to prevent injury. Before starting the work on your next home improvement project, consider these safety measures to help keep you injury-free and your work accomplished on time: • Stretch those muscles - Home improvement projects often require you to use muscles that you may not exercise often. Give your entire body a good stretch, from your head to your feet. Be sure to include your fingers and hands, since you’ll be using them frequently. • Appropriate clothing Wearing the right clothing for your project helps to protect you from scrapes, contact with harmful chemicals and other injuries. Closed-toed shoes, work gloves, a hat or hard helmet, long-sleeved shirts and heavy pants are all a good start. Also, remove any jewelry and tie long hair back to avoid getting something caught in machinery. • Eliminate muscle strain Fastening drywall with nails and screws, sawing wood, painting large walls - your wrists will be subject to a lot of strain, which can easily result in pain after a long day of work. Wearing the IMAK

Take breaks - Make certain that your schedule includes breaks where you can sit down, grab a drink and rest for 15 minutes. SmartGlove encourages the hand and wrist to remain in a neutral position - reducing the amount of straining movement, and has flexible support for the full use of your hand. This SmartGlove is also good for carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis, hand fatigue and

other wrist and hand pain. The material is a washable cotton blend for easy care. • Wear eye and ear protection - Safety goggles and ear plugs are two tools you, and anyone around your work area, should be wearing while you’re working on your project. Safety goggles come in handy when sawdust is flying through the air, and ear plugs are recommended when using any type of machinery. • Take breaks - Make certain that your schedule includes breaks where you can sit down, grab a drink and rest for 15 minutes. If you’re working on a project in warm weather, schedule breaks more frequently and drink plenty of water. Use

the time to also stretch your muscles, keeping them as limber as possible while you continue to work. Don’t overexert yourself attempting to get the project done in a shorter amount of time. Your body will work better and longer with less pain at a slower pace, and when the project is completed, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your work in comfort. Protect yourself while working on your DIY home improvement project, so that you’ll be able to accomplish the project in the time you scheduled, without any injuries to slow you down. Visit to learn more about protecting your hands and wrists from pain.

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Lighthouse Realty Ludington 231-845-7500 Manistee 231-398-3800

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207 S. William #43, Ludington Stunning Lake Michigan Views! One Ludington Place Condo 3 Bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, 1500 Sq. Ft. $295,900


215 S. Lakeshore Dr. #11 Ludington Channel Front 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, garage, lower level. $218,000

166 Harbor Drive, Ludington LAKE MICHIGAN CONDO 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2800 sf Crosswinds Condominiums This condo is on the beach!!!


241 Lakeside LAKE MICHIGAN VIEWS! 2 bedroom. 2 bathroom Ludington, Furnished $224.900


Lindroos Road, Kaleva 24 acres - vacant hunting land heavily wood high land, trails and food plots, creek, thick brush low land. great hunting - $49,979.00

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1001 Olmstead Street 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom 3 large city lots, walkout lower level Ludington $119,900

1336 Lendale 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom a real "MUST SEE" 100x190 lot, dream landscaping Ludington - $289,900

412 N. Main Street 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom Detached garage and workshop Downtown Scottville $59,000

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7919 E Navajo Trail • Long Lake deeded access • 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath • 2 car garage $86,500

70 Harbor Drive • Waterfront Condominium • 2 bedroom, 2 bath • Boat slip & lift $269,000

1346 Madison • 3 Rental unit in 2 Buildings • 330ft. road frontage • REDUCED! $24,900

2817 E Sippy • 8 bedroom, 2 bath • Many updates done • 5 acres $135,000


6293 W Cambridge Drive • 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2-story • Family Rm w/gas fireplace • Cul-de-sac location $179,000


404 First St. • 3 Bedroom, 1 bath • Alley access • Shed and garage

3520 North Stearns • 7 bedrooms, 5 baths total • Ideal in-law quarters • Close to Hamlin LK $249,900

6024 Barnhart • Hamlin Lake Frontage • Boathouse • Dock $199,900

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204 Second St. • 3 bedroom, 2 full bath • Many newer updates

First St-Ludington • 133 x 532 lot • Buy now & build • LC terms $19,900

8977 Lasalle Road • 34 wooded acres • Prime hunting site or... • Build a cabin $69,900


1667 Speer Drive • 150’ Lake Michigan frontage • 3 bedroom, 2 bath walkout • 2 acres - 2 garages $449,000

2818 Lincoln Rd. • 3 bedroom, 1 bath • 2.66 acres • Fully updated in 2006 $132,500

7734 Seneca Circle • Long Lake frontage • 2 bedroom, 2 bath walkout • Hickory cabinetry $189,000

6109 Davis • 100 ft. Hamlin Lake frontage • 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, Guesthouse • Boathouse-Dock $344,000

S. Hopkins Lake • 100 ft. Hopkins Lake Frontage • Private • Close to town $29,900

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1119 E. Park • Pentwater beauty built in 2009 • 4 bedrooms, 3 bath walkout • Wooded lot $234,999


508 E. Ludington Ave. • Charming 5 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath • Great architectural detail $349,900

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Scams-a-plenty for the home Make sure you check things out before you start We want to thank the Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission and for offering up the following insights regarding home improvement scams. Please share this valuable information with a neighbor. We know of situation after situation where these kinds of scams have caused financial ruin to unsuspecting consumers. In a nutshell – do business with a local contractor whose work performance and reputation can be verified.

“Special Deal, Today Only” Beware of a contractor who says he is just passing through the neighborhood, has materials left over from another job or wants his payment up front. These kinds of “repair” artists show up in droves after storms or other disasters that have damaged homes. Contractors begin the construction, but once they have your money, may not return to complete their work. Or they may complete the job, but do substandard work. Sometimes they talk a homeowner into unnecessary repairs. Or worse, if allowed to enter the home, some will create more damage so they can repair this as well! Scam contractors may also look for jewelry,

Established contractors should have enough business through advertising and referrals that they don’t need to go door to door to get work. money or weapons while working in your home. By the time you realize your valuables have been stolen, the contractor may be long gone. Established contractors should have enough business through advertising and referrals that they don’t need to go door to door to get work. If a contractor has really brought materials from another job, he is cheating his previous customer out of their purchase. Recommendations: Work only with licensed contractors. Verify the business phone and address, and check on the Internet or with your state consumer agency or attorney general’s office to see if previous customers have reported complaints. Be suspicious of a contractor who drives a truck with no company name and has out of state plates. Don’t be pressured by promises of one-day deals.

Sign On The Dotted Line Scam artists can also vic-

timize consumers with special financing offers for home improvement repairs. In this type of scam, a contractor will offer to remodel a kitchen or fix your roof for a reasonable price. Since you haven’t budgeted for it, he tells you he can arrange financing through a lender. You then sign a bunch of papers that are blank, or that you have to rush through without reading carefully. Only later do you realize you have signed a high interest home equity loan. The contractor has already been paid by the lender and has no reason to complete the work to your satisfaction. Recommendations: To help you avoid a home equity loan scam: • Don’t agree to a home equity loan if you don’t have enough money to make the monthly payments. • Don’t sign any document you haven’t read or any document that has blank spaces to be filled in after you sign. • Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into signing any document. • Don’t ever deed your property to anyone. First consult an attorney. • Don’t agree to financing through your contractor without shopping around and comparing loan terms.

Take your time It is important to know when to be skeptical. Take

your time. Don’t let a contractor rush your decision. • Do research. Know how much you can afford and what you want done. • Contact the your state’s Department of Consumer Affairs, Attorney General’s Office or Department of Industrial Relations and the Better Business Bureau for complaint information on contractors you are considering. • Talk to your friends who used this contractor. Did they like his work? • Opt for the local, wellestablished contractor. Don’t assume that an ad makes the contractor reliable. • Compare bids and services. Be skeptical if the bid is too low. Cheaper is not necessarily better. A contractor with a low price may be inexperienced and unable to finish the work for the amount bid. • Get bids in writing. Does the bid reflect the improvements you discussed? How long will the project take? A detailed, written proposal allows you to shop around. • Is the contractor licensed, bonded and insured? Licensing requirements vary from community to community. • Check with your city or county building department to determine the licensing requirements for your area and if the contractor you are considering is properly licensed, bonded and insured. Keep your savings where it belongs – in your account.

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Lighthouse Realty Ludington 231-845-7500 Manistee 231-398-3800

PM-Big South Branch 8131 E. Lucek, Branch 1,200 ft. incredible frontage 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths 2 Pole bldgs - 78 Acres $650,000

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PM-Big South Branch 5290 S. Taylor, Branch 1,900 ft. river frontage 3 bedrooms, 3 baths Fireplace- 16 Acres $428,900

PM-Big South Branch 6505 S. Taylor, Branch 150 ft. low bank frontage Pole bldg. with open loft Hardwood/heated tile flooring NEW $355,000

PM-Big South Branch 5657 S. Rapids, Branch 144 ft. low bank frontage 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths $254,000

PM-Big South Branch 7345 S. River Bend 80 ft. easy access frontage 2 bedrooms, 1 bath $124,900

Log Home on 11 Wooded Acres Country Home & Guest Cabin - 20A 9557 E. Anthony Rd., Branch 665 E. McCork, Baldwin Borders Manistee National Forest Borders 200A Manistee National Forest 3 Bedrooms, 1 bath, walkout basement RV Hookup with Water & Electric $158,000 $149,900

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9867 S. Oxeye, Baldwin 326 ft. Oxbow Lake frontage 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths - Walkout Covered Porch • $178,500

7896 E. US 10, Branch 210 ft. Emerson Lake frontage 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths- 4 acres 3 car heated garage & more! • $399,000


2507 - 19th, Fountain Round Lake Area 2 bedrooms, 1 bath cottage Close to outdoor recreation NEW $38,900



1583 N. Dennis Rd. $145,000 • 273 ft on Lincoln River, 12 acres, Addt'l acreage available. mls 12035403 BASS LAKE!

6908 S. Lakeshore Dr. $369,000 • 82 ft. Bass Lake frontage 4 br/2ba, close to Lake Michigan mls 12053386 NEW CONSTRUCTION

Lot 2 Glen Wood Dr. $259,900 •Craftsman style architecture 1,552 sq. ft., turn key mls 12053816


502 N. Jackpine Rd. $235,000 • 338ft on Long Lake. Nearly 2 acres. Updated cottage. mls 12030354

10132 S. Lakeside Ridge, Baldwin 37 ft. Basford Lake frontage 2 bedrooms, 1 bath & sleeping loft 2-tiered Deck & Dock $89,900


7010 N. Poplar Rd. $57,500 • Gunn Lake access 1 acre, motivated. mls 11038946

Tim Gibson, Realtor 231-233-7327 Tim Gibson has been a multi-million dollar seller in each of his five years as a realtor. Tim is optimistic about the upcoming 2013 sales season and is confident in his ability to list and sell your property or find a property that meets or exceeds your needs. Tim is a full-time realtor with Lighthouse Realty and is active in all three MOM Board counties (Mason, Oceana and Manistee) as well as Lake County. Tim has taken part in transactions from Spring Lake to Sutton's Bay and he is not afraid to travel for your business. From homes, cottages and condos to vacant land and boat slips, Tim has sold them all. He is currently seeking new listings and buyers and would appreciate any opportunity to earn your trust and your business.

Contact him today at (231) 233-7327


830 N. Dennis Rd. $245,000 • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 15 acres. mls 12028114 Must see inside!

7100 E. Wever Rd. $92,500 • 2 lg bedrooms, 2 baths, Near Long Lake. mls 12010528 NEW LISTING!

300 N. Taylor $189,000 • 3bd/2ba, 20 acres Weldon Creek, Pond. mls 12055502

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Lighthouse Realty Ludington 231-845-7500 Manistee 231-398-3800

4 Harbor Point Ln, Manistee Spacious condominium overlooking the Harbor Village Marina. 3 bedroom, luxury condo that features all the amenities along with many upgrades. Relax on the covered deck next to the 50 foot private boat slip, and walk out the front door to enjoy all that Lake Michigan has to offer. $439,000 MLS#12028165

2 Georgia Ct., Pentwater Interior furnished by Pottery Barn, this 2 bedroom condo is perfect for summer or year round use with clubhouse, pool and workout room. Just a few blocks to downtown Pentwater Village and Lake Michigan. Situated in The Cottages at Pentwater with lawn and garden maintenance and snow removal, plus cable TV and the internet. $229,000 MLS#12041891

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14759 Babcock Rd., Bear Lake Country living at its best! 5 miles from Arcadia Bluffs and Bear Lake, offering access to Michigan’s leisure activities, yet secluded, and surrounded by nature. Home is spacious & ready for you to move in. Open floor plan, large master suite, and an oversized garage, heated to protect your cars and toys. $159,500 MLS#12039235

237 S. Rutledge St., Pentwater Lovely home in the middle of the Village of Pentwater. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Has a well thought out floor plan with multi-purpose rooms and lots of storage space. Near shopping, restaurants, beach, and marinas. A beautiful back yard off the spacious deck features mature trees and plantings and a fire pit. $249,000 MLS#10020040

300 S. Rath Ave. #08, Ludington 2 bedroom, 2 bath in prestigious Harborfront Plaza Condominiums. Seasonal or year-round home with no maintenance. Move in ready. 1500 sq. ft. $229,000 MLS#12031911

156 Bonnie St., Ludington Lovely mobile home with an attached garage in a quiet neighborhood. Convenient to shopping and downtown activities, large and nicely landscaped in a wooded setting. New roof, new windows, and a new furnace. This home is well maintained and ready for move in day! $49,500 MLS#12034826

599 6th, Pentwater Waterfront. Unique, open floor plan is just one way to look at this adorable home overlooking Pentwater Lake with a dock area for all your toys. Outside the entry door, a cape cod storage shed has electricity and could be a darling guest house. Beautiful gardens in a private setting. $545,000 MLS# 12051840

6136 E. Curtwood, Ludington Beautifully maintained ranch home in Juniper Hills with a wood burning fireplace in the bright family room open to the kitchen. Lots of storage, a wood deck for entertaining or play, and a full basement with a finished rec room. $199,000 MLS#12046842

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160 Old State Rd., Pentwater Solid, one owner, year round home in a lovely setting. This home sits on FOUR lots! Huge basement with workroom. Three season glassed-in solarium. Bay windows in both living and family room. Wood burning fireplace in family room. 2+ car garage. Lots of closets. Large utility room. Price reduced to $249,000 MLS # 12014105

161 Hancock, Pentwater Here is your opportunity to own a well maintained retail building in the heart of Pentwater Village. This is the perfect location! Currently housing a boutique wine shop, the building has lots of potential for a wide array of shops. $199,000 MLS #12025094

142 E. 6th., Pentwater This historic cottage has been upgraded and lovingly maintained. Just a block from the downtown shopping district, the view across the street of the harbor and Pentwater Lake is peaceful and relaxing. $195,000 MLS# 12048196

4711 S. Lakeshore, Ludington Perfect Lake Michigan sunsets. This beautiful home and surroundings are unmatched. All the amenties one would expect are present and lovingly maintained. Quiet and secluded, yet only a few miles from Pentwater to the south and Ludington to the north. $1,999,000 MLS#12035637

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Refresh your kitchen for less than $2,000 (BPT) - Remodeling a kitchen is still one of the best value-enhancing investments you can make in your home. Remodeling Magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report says that even minor kitchen remodels return more than 72 percent of your investment at the time of resale. Yet the cost of even a “minor remodel” doesn’t look that minor $19,588 on average, according to the report. What if you don’t have that kind of budget? The good news is it’s possible to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen for less than $2,000 - by choosing meaningful upgrades that have the biggest cosmetic impact for the least cost. When deciding what changes will have the most value for your project, think about changes that will be most visible in the space. Gutting a kitchen and replacing every element can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Not many of us have that kind of renovation budget. Your money can be better spent - and saved - by replacing a few key elements that have the biggest visual impact. The sink and faucets are not only essential functioning parts of the kitchen, they can be a design focal point, too. Fortunately, replacing a sink can be one of the most cost-effective upgrades you can make in a kitchen. Opting for a visually distinctive design, like an apron-front sink, can help transform the look of the kitchen. Models like Kohler’s self-trimming apron-front kitchen sinks

make it easy for do-it-yourselfers to achieve this distinctive look. The stainless steel singlebasin Vault models, and the double-basin Whitehaven enameled cast iron model, require no custom cabinetry - only the removal of the false drawer front you find beneath most traditional sinks. This makes these topmount sinks ideal for homeowners looking to install a new sink that works with existing cabinetry and countertops for less than $1,000. Plus, the Whitehaven is available in 16 different colors, making it easy to turn your sink into a design focal point. Cabinets and countertops are major design elements, and can be costly to replace completely. It’s often easier for a DIYer - and less costly - to refresh cabinets with a coat of paint or new varnish. Swapping out old, dated hardware for newer more modern styles is also a sim-

ple, low-cost way to give cabinets a facelift. Laminate countertops that are scuffed, cracked or scratched may need a new sheet of laminate, but new technologies make replacing this type of countertop easier than ever. If you have granite that has lost its luster due to staining, look into specialized cleaners that can restore its beauty. You can even find products that will lift oil stains from granite. The walls are another major design element that’s easy to give a new look. A fresh coat of paint will brighten the room, even if you’re just repainting the same color. You can find excellent interior wall paints for as little as $25 a gallon at your local home improvement store, and unless you have an enormous kitchen a gallon or two is usually enough to do the job. While you’re painting, don’t forget to do the ceiling and wood trim - you’ll be

amazed at how much brighter your kitchen will look with fresh paint throughout. Adding something new to the kitchen - some element that didn’t exist before - can also enhance the cosmetic changes. Installing a backsplash is a simple way to introduce a new design element without spending a bundle. Having a professional install glass tile, ceramic or even tin can run up costs, so look into doing the job yourself. You’ll find plenty of guidance and advice, including demonstration videos, online. Or, contact your local home improvement store to see if they offer free (or nearly free) classes on how to install different types of tile. If you’re unsure how a new faucet or sink will affect the look of your kitchen design, you can find online kitchen planners to help you visualize the new look.

977 N. Pine Ridge, Ludington • 3 bedroom, 2 bath home • Beautiful Landscape, attached garage • Well maintained ranch $163,500

181 N. Alpine Dr., Walhalla • Move-in condition • 2 large B/R’s, 1 bath • Close to Long Lake’s public access $79,900

2778 N. Tyndall, Branch • Great weekend getaway • Close to Lake Co. Line • 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home $59,900

4564 N. Morse Rd, Fountain • Newer 3BR, 2 bath home • Over 23 acres, secluded • Full basement, garage $129,900

408 Danaher St, Ludington • 3 bedroom, 1 bath home • Some updates done • Nice location $69,900

209 N. Lavinia St., Ludington • 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths • Fenced in corner lot • Great location, 2 car garage $114,900

2710 N. Piney Ridge #5, Ludington • Deeded access 250’ Hamlin Lake • POSSIBLE SELLER FINANCING • Covered 9” boat slip included $119,000

440 N. Jackpine Rd, Fountain • 134”Walk-out frontage • On Long Lake, all sports lake • NOT A DRIVE BY! $219,900

7105 W. No Name Rd, Ludington • Picture perfect setting • Lush gardens, close to town • 3 b/r, full finished basement$229,000


2918 N. Piney Ridge Rd., Ludington • 200” Hamlin Lake frontage • Cute 2 bedroom cottage • priced to sell at only $359,900

5525 S. Lakeshore Dr. • 100’ Lake Michigan frontage • Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath • Private, secluded setting $649,000


913 Woodlawn Ave., Ludington • 4 bedroom, 2 bath home • Full finished basement • Large corner lot, 2 car garage$119,900


Ludington 231-845-7500 Manistee 231-398-3800

Lake County 231-898-3660 Oceana County 231-869-7500

6612 Basswood • SOLD 684 S. Landon • SOLD 6344 W. Shelby • SOLD 315 N. Ferry • SOLD Ruth Dr. (Acreage) • SOLD 8425 Mill St. • SOLD 4384 N. Reek • SOLD 283 N. Jackpine • SOLD 106 S. Staffon • SOLD 4456 N. Pine Ave • SOLD 6765 W. Ann • SOLD 3215 E. Freesoil • SOLD 1938 Tall Oaks • SOLD 105 W. Danaher #306 • SOLD 105 Green • SOLD 6862 Duneview • SOLD Lot 173 Shoshone Trail • SOLD 183 Taylor • SOLD 5906 W. Meisenheimer • SOLD 5423 S. Lakeshore • SOLD 2270 W. Decker • SOLD 188 Ford • SOLD 7894 N. 66th • SOLD

325 7th St. • SOLD 5717 E. Sugar Grove • SOLD 508 Third • SOLD 802 N. Delia • SOLD 10889 N. Darr • SOLD 1015 N. Rath • SOLD 812 High • SOLD 109 W. 5th • SOLD 8471 E. Ruth • SOLD 52 Jackpine • SOLD 217 5th • SOLD 215 S. James • PENDING 1432 Sherman • PENDING 11 Mile (acreage) • SOLD 604 N. Rowe • SOLD 610 N. Rath • SOLD 7186 Sugar Grove • SOLD 1348 E. US 10 - PENDING 346 10th St. - PENDING 100 Skocelas Rd. - SOLD 2702 E. Hoague Rd. - PENDING 109 James • PENDING 1697 Frost • PENDING

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Deb Stevenson Group, Inc. 4.8 Acres!

302 S. Lavinia 3 bedroom-1 bath $70,000 mls 11024447

420½ Robert 2 bedroom-1 bath $64,900 mls 12002147

2264 N. Rath Rd. 3 bedroom-2 bath $69,900 mls 12032301

2909 S. Custer Rd. 4 bedroom-2 bath $79,500 mls 12018502 Round Lake

38 Acres!


200 Feet of Frontage! 6917 E. Sugar Grove 3 bedroom-1 bath $149,900 mls 12013810

10553 US 31 3 bedroom, 1 bath $89,000 mls 12022032

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Little Bass/Cartier Lake

8071 E. Millerton Rd. 3 bedroom, 2 bath $194,000 mls 12035782

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Debby Stevenson 231-510-5727

5449 S. Lakeshore 2 bedroom, 2 bath $615,000 mls 12047366

Lake Michigan

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Hamlin Lake

Hamlin Lake

2891 S. Lakeshore Dr. 6 bedroom-5 bath $950,000 mls 12017128

1940 Lakeview Dr. 3 bedroom-3 bath $334,000 mls 12029351

5896 W. Barnhart 8 bedroom-4 bath $375,000 mls 12030515

Building Sites Starting at $64,900 Water Frontage Available $239,000 - $379,900

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