Sleeping Bear Dunes is ready for Spring

What about the Lakes around the Sleeping Bear Dunes? All the inland lakes are pretty much opened this last weekend.  The ice and the shanties are gone for the season.  It’s time to bring out the kayaks, canoes and boats!  Very mild winter and lets hope for an early summer.  Spring is in the air!



Property Tax Assessments

Property Tax Assessments in Michigan 2016

Based on Current law did you know your homes taxable value in Michigan can increase each year by either the rate of inflation or 5% whichever is lower?

How to appeal your property assessment:

  1. Obtain a Copy of your property tax worksheet or appraisal card.
  2. Check worksheet for errors.
  3. 2016 taxable value not to have an increase that exceeded .3 percent
  4. Inspect your home. You can get repair estimates and photo of structural damage and defects
  5. Changes in the Neighborhood. Characteristics of your neighborhood have changed.
  6. Recent purchased or refinanced your home. Determine whether your purchase price or your appraisal is lower than two times your SEV
  7. Inform assessor about any personal property included in the sale price …detailed in purchase agreement.
  8. Compare your home to similar homes in the area that have sold.
  9. Submit an appeal to the local board.
  10. If still not satisfied you can write a letter or petition to Michigan Tax Tribunal, P.O  Box 30232, Lansing Mi 48909.  Forms available
  11. Contact the tribunal at 517-636-7551 for petition requirements.  Info from Ray Franz newsletter.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite falls
Yosemite Falls is roaring in the Spring

Yosemite National Park

Best time to visit is in the Spring when all the waterfalls are running and the roar of the water is heard throughout the park.  The Fall is quiet time of the year.  I found the Spring time when everything comes alive in the Park amazing…great way to celebrate Spring where nature is blooming in all it’s glory!


yosemite bridal falls in sept only

Flows most of the year
Bridal Veil Flows most of the year sometimes the only one.

Property Tax Definitions

Taxable Value:  the value your taxes are based.  Taxable value not to exceed SEV and can not go up more than the rate of inflation or 5% whichever is less.

True Cash Value TCV :  The actual value of your home, as determined by the local assessor.

State Equalized Value SEV:  50% of the actual value of your home.



Price dropped on Dunns Farm Rd in Glen Arbor Township, Leelanau County

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Near Old Settlers

– Announcing a price drop on Dunns Farm Rd, a lot / land. Now $89,900. Great Price for 4A
MLS® #1807321

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Lot / Land For Sale in Glen Arbor Township, Leelanau County

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Near Old Settlers

•  lot / land – $89,900. Great Price for 4A
MLS® #1807321

– Majestic Tress landscape the property which is an excellent location on the road that runs along the East side of Glen Lake.
Location is great with only minutes to Glen Arbor Village and it’s amenities. Enjoy all that the National Park offers, hiking, kayaking, fishing, canoe trips down the Crystal river, Hop on the Heritage Bike trail or go swimming in Beautiful Glen Lake with access down the road. Lake Michigan access in and around the area of the National Park too! Approx 25 mins to Traverse City.
GMA voted Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore one of the most Beautiful Places in America. Enjoy the endless vacation in this recreational paradise.

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