Marshall, MI Real Estate News

By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
On Wednesday morning I was out on the road early and captured this moment of natures beauty.  There was a shot I wanted to get a few moments later which would have shown a half moon shaped sun upside down, but I was driving and there was no where to stop.  So it must remain in my minds eye, and until they develop a camera that allows me to transfer it digitally, I must keep it there for now. However, here is the shot I did get:
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
I was traveling along a snow covered back country road a few days ago, and I looked up and there was a group of deer standing in the road about 100 yards ahead of me.  I slowed down, and grabbed by camera but they had moved off into the woods.  As I approached where they were, I could see them in the woods.  Here is a photo that I took.  Can you count the number of deer? Some of them are hiding...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
Last summer I was out at Turkeyville USA, which is a local attraction near Marshall, Michigan.  It was a farm that has been converted to a restaurant, animal farm and festival grounds.  Weekends in the summer host flea markets and arts and craft fairs.  There are also the occasional Civil War reenactment camps, and other exhibits.  I went there last summer, and was looking at the general store they have there, and took this photo of these two beautiful wooden Indian carvings on display.  I thought I would share these today.
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
I was out in the rural area west of Marshall, Michigan a few days ago and I paused over this railroad track and took this photo.  It was morning, and the snow had fallen earlier, and it was a very serene feeling looking at this view.  There is something really artistic about railroad tracks, as well as powerful.  The man hours that went into creating this transportation system in the U.S. is incredible.  Millions of tons of commerce is transported across these very rails every year, as well as people.  This is America at its best.
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
Marshall, Michigan has a unique feature in its downtown.  It holds the American museum of Magic.  This is a very famous museum, and they host an annual gathering of magicians (in Colon MI) from around the country who come to demonstrate their art of illusion.   On display is the memoriabilia of the famous magician Harry Blackstone.  the nearby city of Colon Michigan is also the center of magic manufacturing, where a lot of the products for magicians all over the world is produced.  This museum originally opened in 1978, and has been a mainstay of downtown Marshall since that time. The museum hold stories from the smallest magicians, to the biggest ones who performed on large stages around the world. It boasts one of the largest collection of magical artifacts from all over the world, wa...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
I was in Marshall, Michigan not too long ago and was showing a foreclosure to a prospective buyer.  The home was in pretty rough shape, and after a few minutes I knew it was going to be beyond the scope of work for his needs.  When he were still upstairs checking out the bedrooms, I walked downstairs and went out on the front porch.  Up in the corner of the porch was a bird nest and next to it was a little model general store with signs for 'fresh produce'.  I suppose this did not turn out to be a very good location for that bird's business, because it looked closed.  Birds are a lot more industrious than they appear to be on the surface, that is for sure. So if you ever wondered what birds are up to when you are not looking, here is a clue...
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Yesterday morning I drive over with my wife to the Turkeyville 4th of July weekend Flea Market.  It is annual 3 day flea market that is usually pretty interesting.  It has been a few years since I stopped by one, and this one is usually one of the better ones to go check out. It is located at 'Cornwell's Turkeyville' in Marshall, Michigan between Battle Creek and Marshall. It is always fun to go walkthrough a flea market now and then.  You always find some incredible deals, but also you find a lot of junk.  However, I guess there is always something for everyone.  The Turkeyville Flea Market on 4th of July weekend is a pretty large one, and when talking to vendors, it is one that some of them put on their list as a premiun one to go to. My wife and I did not really have any acquisition ...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
I was out showing a house a few weeks ago in Marshall, Michigan.  It was a foreclosure, and the buyers were taking their time going through each room, assessing the size.  At one point we went into the basement to look at the furnace, and water heater, and see the overall basement size.  In Michigan, it is not uncommon to see a small basement which is commonly called 'A Michigan Basement'.  It ususally consists of stone or concrete walled basement, with a small amount of space.  They were originally used to store coal, for coal furnaces back in the day.  This particular home was built in the mid 1800's.  Something I have learned as a Realtor, is when you are exploring a basement it is always important to remember to look up.  In this case, when I looked up, I saw that the floor joists w...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
About a week ago, I had an early appointment in Marshall which is just East of Battle Creek.  Some clients wanted to have a look at a property over there in the rural back roads, and in order to meet them at 8:00am, had to hit the road at just after 7:00am.  The timing was right to drive right into the sunrise, and as I carry my camera with me wherever I go, I took several shots.  The one below was taken when I was driving and placed the camera on my steering wheel. I have included two photos here of the ones I liked best. It is kind of interesting to chase the sunrise, and I did so that morning all the way to my appointment.  I thought about all the other people that were perhaps seeing this and just too worried about their day ahead to notice.  As a Realtor, I know my days are differe...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
Buying a home in Marshall, Michigan is to become part of a wonderful community that has a strong pride of ownership throughout.  Marshall, Michigan is the County seat for Calhoun County, and according to the 2000 U.S. Census has a population of 7459 people.  The homes in Marshall, Michigan are a mix of many eras of history, and a great many of them are well preserved.  My impression of this community is that they tend to take very good care of their homes.  So buying a home in Marshall, Michigan is a good move for long term property values.  One of the exciting features about buying a home in Marshall, Michigan is that the entire community qualifies for the USDA Rural Development single family loan program as a rural community.  So you can buy a home right near downtown if you wish, and...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
Cornwell's Turkeyville Farm and Restaurant is located in Marshall, Michigan at the corner of N Drive and 15 ½ Mile Rd, about a mile from I-69 off Exit 42.  It is quite an interesting facility, with an interesting history.  It originally a farm held by the Hawkins family, established in 1836.  Asahel Hawkins who had emigrated from Vermont, began with 80 acres of government land and eventually increased his holdings to 240 acres.  After his death in 1881, his son Asahel Myron Hawkins took over the farmstead.  He grew a variety of crops, and held several Convis township civic offices including supervisor, clerk, highway commissioner and justice of the peace.  His son Schubail Hawkins ran the farm until 1933.  In 1942 the farm was converted to Turkey production and in 1968 the Fourth, Fifth...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
The downtown shopping district in Marshall, Michigan is a classical mixture of the highlights of a community that still has its pride.  If you are visiting the area, and have some time, you will definitely want to visit the downtown shopping district in Marshall, Michigan.  Here you can have a great lunch at a variety of restaurants, between your casual strolling along their pedestrian friendly sidewalks.  If you get tired of walking in the downtown shopping district of Marshall, you can always take a carriage ride or rent a bicycle and get about town that way as well.  You might even visit some of the historic places, like the famous Honolulu House Museum, and the popular Governor's Mansion Museum.  However, just the downtown shopping district in Marshall, Michigan could keep you busy ...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
Marshall, Michigan Real Estate Market Report 2010 This weekend I spent some time looking at houses in Marshall, Michigan.  I decided to put together a Marshall, Michigan Real Estate Market Report 2010.  The town of Marshall, Michigan is a vibrant community with a population of 7459 according to the 2000 US Census.  Marshall was established in 1830. The early settlers expected the community to become Michigan's state capitol, thus it drew dozens of doctors, lawyers, ministers, business people and land speculators to the Marshall, Michigan Real Estate market. The town founders Sidney and George Ketchum named the community in honor of Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall from Virginia, a man whom they greatly admired. The town was established some five years before Marshall's d...
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