Lake Charlevoix was named the first runner-up for America’s favorite lake by USA Today!



Pat O’Brien, Broker/Owner


It is his fondness for and allegiance to this area of northern Michigan that drives Pat’s commitment to the community and those who live, work, and play here. He remains actively involved with many worthy organizations, such as Camp Quality and Boyne Thunder.  He is also an effective member of the Main Street Program, Team Boyne, Leadership Charlevoix County, and the Boyne Valley Alano Club. He was an involved member of the board of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Boyne City Boosters Foundation, both of which he continues to support.

Pat’s determination and work ethic are well known and admired throughout the region. Five years ago he and his office of 10 agents decided to give back to the community which has been so good to them. Every quarter they donate a portion of their commissions to worthy charities in Charlevoix County. Over $45,000 has been distributed to date.

A highly respected individual – both in and out of the real estate business – Pat is known for his ability to focus on what people want and need. His knowledge of Lake Charlevoix and surrounding communities is unmatched. Whether looking to buy or sell an in-town home, vacation property on the lake, or a parcel of land – people know to call Pat O’Brien, the most trusted name in real estate.

Agent Testimonials

Pat O’Brien, Broker/Owner

"We wouldn't have expected any less, Pat knows his business!"

--Bonnie and John Buist, Buyer

"Pat and his employees are genuinely good people with a client-comes-first approach. During our many years owning up in Boyne City, we learned how Pat O'Brien Real Estate gave back to the community via numerous charitable organization. That speaks volumes about who they are. I consider Pat a friend and always stop by their Boyne office when I am downtown."

--Ron Tomanek – Seller

"Pat O'Brien & Associates do a great job before, during, and after the sale."

--Richard and Judy Peterson – Buyers

"Pat and his staff have tremendous knowledge of local real estate values. We found Pat to be very honest, has a no-pressure approach and we enjoyed working with him. I would encourage potential buyers and sellers to use Pat O'Brien & Associates."

--Brent & Cheryl Granger – Buyer

"Pat is working with your interests in mind. Pat is a professional and very good at what he does. If I have any future real estate deals, I won't hesitate to call Pat."

--The Hicks Family – Seller

"He is always about what we can do; never saying what we can't do... I had the feeling they were working just as hard on my deal as they would on a multi-million dollar deal. That made me feel important."

--Melanie Dart, Seller

"It was a pleasure both meeting and working with you Pat. Thank you so very much for all your help...and for going the extra mile! You were highly knowledgeable and extremely attentive."

--Kathy & Matt Chappelle – Buyer

"Top Grade - 10. Excellent communication and commitment to the task."

--Tom Gunn – Seller

"Pat sold the home to us when he worked 29 years ago at Century 21. We will remember most the friendships we developed with Pat and company."

--Charlie and Naida Morrison – Seller

"Pat always kept me advised on what was happening, not just with my house but in the Charlevoix/Boyne City market. He was very hands-on and proactive."

--Linda Jackson – Seller

On a scale of one to ten.... "The best!!!"

--Skip Forcier – Seller

Pat did a good job on the sales process in spite of technical issues around the property description. We were very pleased with the outcome.
We thought [Pat] did a good job with the buyer and coaching them along.

--D & D Wade, Waterfront Sellers

Was this transaction easier or harder than you anticipated?
"Easier - we had faith in your services and sat back and waited."
"Honest, trustworthy, upfront, friendly."

--Bill and Kay Gudeman, Waterfront Sellers

[You] worked hard on our behalf and we felt looked out for our best interest. Offered sound advice. [We chose you] because you are great at what you do and are very easy to talk to. And lots of fun!

Pat is very knowledgeable of the real estate market. He works very hard to represent his clients' best interests at all times.

--Jim & Joanne Foley, Buyers/Sellers

"Pat was very hands-on. Selling our home remotely was a much smoother process because of all he did for us. Working with Pat O'Brien and his staff was an enjoyable experience. They all do their best to ensure you receive the attention and high-quality service you deserve."

--Robb & Shaina Allen, waterfront sellers

"You had showed us a property in the spring, and I got a good feeling from you..." The ultimate purchase was "Easier - you did a great job with all the details."

"You never made me feel pressured."

--Dave More

Pat O'Brien sold our house very quickly! He and his staff were professional and helpful in every way.

We can't imagine working with anyone else!

--Teri and Bud Stout

Amazingly, the house-buying process was a pleasure! Pat's honesty and professionalism ensured the transaction was handled smoothly from beginning to end. In addition, every person we dealt with connected with the O'Brien office was responsive, courteous, and friendly.

This process was very professionally handled, with courtesy and friendliness throughout the process.

--Roger Kellerman & Meg Armbruster

"We have had 45 or more transactions in Michigan and Florida. Pat and Team is one of the best, if not the best, we have ever encountered. Helped us stage, mow, clean up, etc. This would have been very hard for us as we are not from the area." Chose to work with Pat because of "polite follow-up, persistence, expert representation." Will most remember "fun, friendly conversations."

--Randy Hoover, Seller, Lake Charlevoix

"We have had many real estate transactions including corporate re-locations, real estate investments and personal transactions, and our experience with Pat O'Brien was superior to anything we had been associated with.
It is without reservation that we would recommend Pat O'Brien for any real estate need you may have. As we moved through the sale of our home on Lake Charlevoix, Pat's tireless attention to detail, his creative marketing and networking were invaluable to us. Most important of all was his knowledge of the market. Additionally, his highly competent administrative assistant and staff made life easy!"

--Dick & Linda Southby, Sellers, Lake Charlevoix

"I cannot adequately express my thanks to you for how smoothly this transaction has unfolded. You really do manifest the luck o' the Irish!"

--Grace Otte, buyer/seller

"I happen to be an admirer of yours and your successful structuring of a real estate operation that has surely outstepped all of the many competitors in that business. Thanks, Pat, and good wishes for an ever growing business!"

--Bob K.

Everyone needs an occasional lift. We got this note in the mail this week (just before Christmas - what a perfect gift!):

"I just wanted to drop a note of thanks to you for always sending such great inspirational notes along with your Christmas card each year. I know I have received others from you at various times of the year and I treasure and love reading all of them. It is sure nice to know that there are still good people in this world who reflect on so many wonderful issues.
"I live on [Lake Charlevoix] and if I ever decide to sell my home, I will not hesitate to call you."

This thoughtful person isn't a past or current client. Just someone appreciative. Yes, it IS nice to know there are good people in the world!

--A Lake Charlevoix Homeowner

“To be clear, we are ‘more than satisfied’ (a line from the movie My Cousin Vinny). Our search started with a viewing on short notice, less than a couple hours. I must admit, my wife and I had to talk ourselves out of ‘liking’ the home because it was much too early in the search process.

[After looking at other properties] … we visited the initial home, and came to the initial realization that it was the right home for us. … In less than a day, you made the deal happen and we became happy homeowners. We experienced no ‘buyer’s remorse’ due to the fact that we trusted you and thus, the owners you represented.

In closing, all of the above may have happened with any other home, with any other Realtor, but it didn’t. My wife and I believe it happened because of your willingness to share the compelling and personal story and how you ended up helping people find more than a house, but a place to call home.”

--David & Terrie Wright, Buyers

"[The sale] turned out well because of you, Pat. We can't imagine going through all of this with anyone else. You're hard working and had our best interests in mind always. You are sincere, honest and generally a positive person who we have have enjoyed working with. It was easy to have confidence in you and your wonderful staff. Jane is the best!"

--Julie Worden, Lake Charlevoix Seller

10. [Pat] went above and beyond dealing with surprises in the transaction.

--Dave Wade, Waterfront Buyer

"Pat's enthusiasm while showing us the home was contagious. His follow-up was good. He and his staff always welcomed calls and questions. Pat represented the sellers, but he also represented us to them. I think he handled both sides of the transaction beautifully! This was the most exciting transaction we've ever had - buying a house on the lake!"

--Melanie Dart and Dave Howland, Buyers

"Not everyone is in a transition as we were - Pat and staff couldn't have been more compassionate, supportive and professional. A++"

--Becky Harris and Tom Greetis, Buyers/Sellers

[On a scale of 1-10] "14 - 16. Maybe 20. We love Pat! Pat has got your back!"

--Carl & Vicki Janssens, Buyers/Sellers

Well-organized, all issues handled well. Pat has great communication skills, always on top of the selling/buying process.

--Dennis Kirkby, Seller

When selecting an agent to represent them, "Your service in the community was a factor."

"You were direct and to the point. Also [staff] was most helpful and courteous."

--Ed and Marilyn Kashy, Sellers

Working with Pat O'Brien & Associates made a stressful situation so easy! My move was a positive, good thing, but packing up a house at age 60 and moving to another city can be overwhelming. I never had to worry about the sale of my home. Pat O'Brien & Associates kept me updated and took care of every single thing. Every question answered and always with the feeling that they "had all day" to help me. To put it simply... they ROCK!!!

--Teresa Smallidge

Property of our dreams was located and purchased through you! Very friendly, no pressure in all our dealings. We also believe you know Lake Charlevoix property better than anyone.”

--Ken and Barb Carnwath

Friendly, knowledgeable, professional, supportive and understanding.

--Sam and Susan Sharp

Very professional and friendly.

--Thomas Green

You worked very hard to sell my property. You were realistic and kept me well informed. With the goal of getting my home sold. You were always available when I needed to talk, returned my phone calls promptly. You’re friendly, trustworthy and comfortable to work with.

--Suzie Kosch-Matelski

More sincere. No BS. Worked together for best results. Worked to arrive at favorable results for buyer and seller. Two-way relationship. We’ve enjoyed good communication.

--Jim Faught

Would not have changed a thing – very positive experience.

--Sue Shenk

The communication is excellent and the entire team makes the transaction very easy for the client. Jim was working during my last transaction and I was impressed about his professionalism and good communication.

--Sofia Edmonds

Well organized. Efficient, handled problems effectively.

--Mac Halbert

I felt like Pat was on my side from the start. The process went smoothly, and I wasn’t responsible for a lot of the work. He went out of his way for me from beginning ‘til end. I’ve sold a lot of houses & this was one of my easiest experiences.

--Marilyn Ormsbee

Friendly, personal touch from both Pat and his staff. Answering every question from an anxious customer.

--Dorie McCurdy

Pat and his team were a pleasure to work with. They worked hard to present our property effectively from the ‘comps,’ to the photography, the marketing, and the advertising. Their communication was excellent. Pat and his team are the consummate professional. We will remember your sensitivity to the fact that we were selling a beloved century-old family home. We wholeheartedly recommend Pat O’Brien & Associates.

--The Little Family

Your professionalism and personal attention to this deal was truly exceptional. I commend you for the way you handled what was an important and somewhat sensitive transaction. The most personable and professional broker in the northern Michigan market. The Little family was lucky to have you as their agent, and I appreciate the time and other courtesies you extended to me to help consummate this sale.

--Matt Lester

Our property search with Pat was a very good experience. He is part of the community in more ways than a realtor. This shows in his personality and his knowledge. To sum it up – less than one week after closing, we were up north and at Harvest Fest, I heard a ‘hey’ and looked up to see, not just my agent, but a friendly face.

--Bob and Kelli Petrillo

Pat is an excellent real estate broker. He take the time to learn about your likes and dislikes relative to home purchasing. He is personal and professional. He is timely in his follow-through. Pat says what he means and he means what he says. I highly recommend Pat O’Brien and his associates.

--Michael and Mary Anne Ponti

On our second visit to the house in the middle of winter, upon entering you said, with your hands extended for emphasis, ‘I love this place!’ – it was heartfelt! To me you are the Willy Wonka of Lake Charlevoix real estate. You helped us find the Golden Ticket.

--Polly W. Cheney

Good, honest conversations. Very encouraging in spite of the market.

--Gentry and Roxie Peevyhouse

Excellent personal attention and availability and candid discussions. Pat O’Brien, together with his professional staff and associates, have developed an excellent, efficient organization that gets the job done. Very well pleased with the personal and professional service.

--Jim and Gail Barton

You were professional, responsive to our questions, trustworthy and caring. You wanted us to feel good with this purchase and took matters into your own hands when the seller wasn’t moving things out … unexpected but most appreciated!

--John and Carrie DeWitt

Professional, complete, took care of all the details.

--Steve Bentschneider

Great guy. Very personable. Communication was great. Easy to talk with and strive to get the deal done. Knowledgeable of area.

--Dominic Buccellato

Pat is honest – tells you exactly what you can realistically expect to pay or sell a property for. Pretty darn close to actual prices – two times.

--John Brodie

Our experience with working with Pat and his associates was nothing less than top-notch. They worked around our renters in the summer and were very knowledgeable about the market in BC and surrounding area. They kept us informed of everything regarding the sale of our home. Thanks, Pat, for the wonderful experience – wish I had more property to sell!

--Rusty and Sandy Barnes

From the moment I walked into your office … to the closing, you answered my phone calls, connected me with the right people, listened to me ‘vent’ when I was stressed and kept us moving to our goal – a successful purchase and sale.

--Jan Evans

We have worked with a number of Realtors on various real estate transactions and we found Pat O’Brien to be the most knowledgeable, responsive & trustworthy agent/broker that we have ever dealt with as a buyer or seller!

--Mike and Lanae Kettlewell

Great job! Superior customer service and personality of integrity!

--Douglas Waldie

Pat was friendly and determined to help us sell our home. He took a personal interest, aggressively contacting potential buyers, and demonstrated concern for us and the quality of our home and represented us very well.

--Peter and Paulette Graves

We were treated like family – the entire staff made us feel welcome.

--Bill and Nancy Wieland

You sold the house – and in this market! You kept us posted during the months the house was on the market…. [And had] a great sense of humor even when we knew you were exhausted.

--Robert Rice

Pat O’Brien and his entire staff are extremely professional and make the whole selling (or buying) experience a pleasant one. They respond quickly to any questions or inquiries. Pat helps you price your house correctly for the current market. We cannot say enough positive things about our entire experience, and would gladly recommend Pat O’Brien & Associates.

--Lee and Betty Spence

Pat is a no-nonsense, caring individual who knows the market and works to expand it through great service to clients and supporting the community.

--Lindsey Dood

We appreciated that we didn’t get constant e-mail reports, but that you kept in touch by phone and/or personal contacts.

Your advertising for our home was excellent. You remained enthusiastic and positive about our property for the entire time.

We feel that you did a very good job of representing us, and showed our property many times. Also, your staff was extremely friendly and helpful.

--John and Nancy Miett

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