Buying a Home in Northern Michigan


The benefits of working with a Team O’Brien real estate agent start when we get to know you. As we listen and build an understanding of the kind of property you’re searching for, possibilities unfold. No one is more qualified to help you buy a property than a trusted real estate agent who lives in the area you’re interested in. We have hard knowledge about local property values, tools for locating matches, a neighborhood network, and strong negotiation skills to help you save time and money.

How many bedrooms are you looking for? Do you want acreage? Is the school district high on your priority list? These are some of the questions that define search criteria. When new properties hit the market that match your search criteria, we can setup automated emails so you’re among the first to know. Because we have decades of experience and relationships, occasionally we match buyers with homes not yet on the market, but often we’ll show multiple properties that match your wish list.

In today’s highly competitve market, time is of the essence. We know how to make your offer compete. After we tour a home and you decide you'd like to make an offer, it’s important we act fast and negotiate wisely. When your offer is accepted, we’ll discuss including contingencies to protect your interest—this is especially important when it comes to the home inspection and appraisal. Home inspections are good at revealing red flags. A strong negotiator on your side can help you save.

Sometimes bringing a transaction to the closing table includes surprise. When an appraisal doesn’t come in as high as expected, an inspection report reveals a glitch, or an appliance suddenly goes on the fritz, a calm, competent realtor is an enormous asset. If you are buying from a distance and receive notice of a burst pipe, we know who to call. We have long-standing relationships with contractors, inspectors, local lenders, and title companies to connect you with real problem solvers, altogether guiding you across the closing line with confidence. That’s peace of mind.

We practice real estate with diligence, passion and joy to enrich clients, colleagues and community. We’re not shy when it comes to sponsoring local events and giving back to the communities we serve. As a team, we contribute 1% of our commissions to local organizations—to date we’ve donated more than $200,000. At the end of the day, it’s the giving back; it’s a great client testimonial; it’s the referral from a neighbor that altogether fulfills our mission. When it comes to buying a home, put yourself in good hands. Call Team O’Brien.

*The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.