Lewiston Michigan Real Estate and Community News

Huston Real Estate is dedicated to being your in-depth guide to Lewiston, Michigan. We're here for more than just real estate questions. We've interviewed the owners of Lewiston restaurants, touched base with local hotel owners, and done our best to bring the community news and events you're looking for into the digital world! Our YouTube channel is a great place to view all of the information we've gathered, as well as see video tours of properties we have for sale, and see FAQ's from buyers and sellers in our market! Or stay posted right here for that constant drip of community news! 


Sept. 14, 2019

Should I get a home inspection?

Without a doubt you should do that. Of course, there may be exceptions that would negate the use of a home inspection. But I think, even if it was new construction, having an inspection makes sense. There are just too many moving parts in a home that can go bad. Electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling; they all have numerous working parts to it and a good home inspector can help you do a very through investigation of the home. These guys will be there for hours, checking every plug, every socket, the heating, any toxic gas, etc.. 

 

If you ask me, there is no way that it’s not a good idea. You’re spending a tremendous amount of money, on the largest asset you’ll ever own. Why not start out knowing everything about the home?

The next question this brings up “What inspector do you recommend?”
 I don’t recommend going with the cheapest, it doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive. But again, by using Huston Real Estate, we can recommend inspectors that our clients have worked with in the past and have felt that the inspection has added value to the sale for them.

Posted in #TipTuesday
Sept. 7, 2019

Should I sell my home before I buy my next one?

This is a question we get more than most markets because of the amount of second homes we sell.That answer is yes and no. It all depends on what your financial situation is. A lot of people are hesitant not just financially, but also because they don’t want to be without their cottage up north. In that case, there are ways we can write a purchase agreement, subject to you selling the other home. Or put the home on the market and once you’ve found a buyer and you’re in the process of selling, Then we write that offer. That may be more solid for some sellers and in some markets.

 

 So, “Do we have too?” No you don’t.

 

“But Is it the best financial move for me?” Well, that’s something that between Huston Real Estate, Your financial advisers, mortgage officers, and yourself; we can come to answer that makes sense for you.



Posted in #TipTuesday
Aug. 31, 2019

How long will it take to buy a home?

That’s a great question and a relative answer. It’s relative as to how you’re buying.

If you’re a cash buyer, with no need for financing it would only be 3-4 weeks max. If you’re using a conventional mortgage, then it’s a bit longer because you’ll need an appraisal. Going through the banks process, which can take 30-45 days.

A lot of buyers today use Low money down, you may have heard of them as RD loans (Rural Development) or VA loans (Veterans Administrations). These are state and federally backed and can be in the 45 day to about 6 week time frame.

In general, think you’ll take from 1-2 months, to purchase a house, based off how you’ll be financing. 



Posted in #TipTuesday
Aug. 24, 2019

How do I start the home buying process?

Over the years, we’ve been asked numerous questions on a consistent basis. We thought we’d enlighten the public, give you a little extra into the market so that you’re more prepared as you start the buying process. One question we get a lot is, “How do I start the home buying process?”


Of course, I would recommend you find a realtor you like and trust, that you know will represent you. But more importantly you should start by finding out what you can afford in the form of a pre-approval. We often recommended local bankers. They’re used to the area you're working in, the agents you’ll work with, and you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience working with someone local.  

 

 

Posted in #TipTuesday
Aug. 19, 2019

Welcome to Lewiston Michigan

Kicking off the "Welcome to Lewiston" series is a town highlight. Showing attractions, recreation activities, clubs, lakes, trails, and our downtown area. We start off with Garland Resort, an award winning Lewiston Michigan hotel. Garland is home to 4 Championship golf courses and high class dining and lodging. 

 

Lewiston is also home to several parks. The Buttles Road Park and disc golf course, Bingham Little League park, and Albert Townwship Beach. The beach park offers a play place for children, and the ability to put your kayaks in the water to explore East Twin Lake! All located just minutes from downtown! 

 

Speaking of lakes, Lewiston is home to 22 lakes, supporting all water-based recreational sports! Some of the most popular lakes being: East and West Twin Lake, Snyder Lake, Big Bear Lake, Little Wolf Lake, Snyder Lake, Moon Lake, and Tee Lake. 

 

If you're into two tracking in Michigan, we also are home to All-Season ORV trails that you can ride in both summer and winter! These trails are color-coded, distinguishing which trails are for whom! Showing two wheel only, four wheel vehicles only, as well as those vehicles with no wheels at all! 

 

And finally, bringing it all back to our beautiful downtown area. Home to some local favorite eateries like Talley's Log Cabin Bar, The Lewiston Lodge, The Lewiston Hotel, and The Pour house. With a freshly renovated Farmers Market, open every Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm, you can also bring home some wonderful locally grown food. Rounding out downtown are our recreation leagues for bowling and curling, making Lewiston a one stop shop for fun in Northern Michigan! 

 

You can watch the video below and head over to our YouTube Channel to see more of our "Welcome to Lewiston" series, highlighting our lakes and local celebrations!  



Posted in Community News
March 15, 2016

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Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 5, 2015

June 2015 Sold Data from Water Wonderland Board of REALTORS

June 2015 Sold Data from WWBR

April 21, 2015

March 2015 - Sold Information from Water Wonderland Board of Realtors

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March 25, 2015

Welcome Aboard, Stephanie Sietman!

We are happy to announce and introduce Stephanie Sietman who has recently joined our Huston Real Estate Team.  Stephanie grew up in our area, and came back 16 years ago to call Lewiston ‘home’ once again with her husband, Art Sietman.  She and Art are the proud parents of two young children.  As an avid bowler, Stephanie is the Lewiston Women’s Bowling Association President and she also enjoys cooking, gardening and hunting.  Professionally, she is well-versed in computers, customer relations and marketing, with an emphasis on social media.  As our Listing Coordinator, Stephanie will be handling all aspects of marketing and advertising – website presence, spec sheets, photos and more.  Including the management of the iconic yellow brochure, a tradition in our community since 1948!  Stephanie is a great asset to our team as Listing Coordinator as she will fill that gap of communication from the initial listing of the property until the signing of the purchase agreement.  Stephanie is here Monday through Friday, 8am until 4:30pm.  Her email is stephanie@hustonrealestate.com.  Please don’t hesitate to call upon Stephanie or any of our team members if you have any questions.  Welcome Aboard, Stephanie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan. 14, 2015

What a Year!

2014 was a wonderful year for HRE, Inc. The market in Northern Michigan began in earnest, and continued to strengthen.  While we didn’t see many values rise, due to the large inventory available, we did experience the volume of sales increase significantly, a phenomenon that we hadn’t witnessed in quite some time.  We watched homes going under contract within a week of listing, homes sell for full price, and sales of homes over $400,000!  Due to this robust market, we watched the rather large inventory of homes begin to dwindle.  HRE, Inc. is so proud that we were such a strong part of it all.  Of the total sold listings in our market (Lewiston Real Estate companies) as the listing office, we commanded a 41% market share while our closest competitor brought in around 23%.  We don’t want to brag but…that’s amazing.    Waterfront home sales were definitely the driving force behind the trend. Of the 46 waterfront homes sold in 2014, 52% of them were listed by Huston Real Estate (our nearest competitor came in at 22%)…and our experienced agents sold 45% (again, our closest competitor sold 24%!)  Now, 2014 has come to a close.  It has quieted down a bit, as it always does once the snow flies. It won’t be quiet for long though!  We fully expect new listings to flood our brochure within the next few months and homes to start finding their new families as well. We are certain that 2015 promises to be as strong, if not stronger, than last year….and we are very much looking forward to the challenge.* *Water Wonderland MLS Reporting, Jan 1, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015. Lewiston Real Estate offices, total sales and waterfront sold listings.