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New Listing! 1024 S Lake St

Ever dreamed of living on Lake Superior but want to be close to downtown? Wished of a lake view property that is more of a small cozy home than a huge house with too much space? 1024 S. Lake St. in Marquette might be the perfect place for you! South Lake Street is one of our most desirable locations in the city of Marquette! Superior view out of your front window, white sand South Beach just a few steps from your front yard, and Lake Superior and all its splendor for you to gaze at and enjoy 12 months out of the year! This cozy ranch features 3 bedrooms, one bath, and a one car detached garage. Steel roof and newer vinyl siding, triple pane windows throughout. Jump on the Heritage Trail with your bike or walk to downtown Marquette just to your North. Enjoy the 4th of July fireworks without leaving home! Shopping, dining, breweries, bike trails, Marquette Mountain Ski Hill just a couple miles away, fishing and kayaking, you name it. Make this your quiet Marquette and U.P. year around or seasonal residence today! Check out the YouTube video for more information about the listing!

Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

There are so many great ways for kids to enjoy the outdoors in the winter, and we live in one of the greatest places to do that! However, there are great indoor activities coming up that can also help your kids burn off some energy!
  1. Pump Up The Dome! On February 2 from 10:00AM-6:00PM, the Superior Dome will be filled with inflatables as well as the world's largest sandbox, obstacle courses, and other interactive games! The cost is $12 for children 5 and older and $7 for children 4 and younger. Any adults accompanying a child cost just $1. More information can be found here.
  2. If your kids need to burn off creative energy, check out the youth events at HotPlate Pottery. They have many events designed just for kids to appeal to a range of interests!
  3. There can never be too many LEGOs! Check out the Lego Crew at Peter White Public Library on Fridays from 4:30-5:30. This is FREE and is located in the Great Room on the lower level. More information can be found here
  4. The Upper Peninsula Children's Museum is always a great option! Every trip is fun and kids can allow their curiosity and wonder to take control through the hands on exhibits.
  5. If you have older kids, check out Escape Marquette! You have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and clues to get out of a locked room. While it's fun for teams and friends, it's also a great family activity! Each room is themed and you can choose one that looks interesting to you. Reservations must be made in advance, so book your chance to escape now!
If indoor activities is what you are looking for, this is just a small list of many of the wonderful activities to do in the Marquette area to keep yourself (both mind and body) active during the winter months! If you know of anything else that should be added to this list, email!

Cost of Buying vs. Renting


If you know you'll be in an area for only a year or two, renting is most likely the best option. However if you will be in an area for more than a few years, it might be a better investment to build equity in a home. In 2017, the average cost to rent in Michigan was $1,100 per month. The average mortgage in Michigan was $848 per month. That's a significant difference and as time goes on, you will build more and more equity. As you head into the new year, if you are renting, consider making 2019 the year you purchase a home. Michigan is one of the best states for first time homebuyers! There are no costs with having a buyer's agent and I would be honored to help you find your next home. Call me at 906-236-3750! Enjoy the holiday season and make 2019 your year!

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Local Artist Spotlight: Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick

The U.P. is such an amazing place to embrace nature and enjoy every season that comes our way! Getting kids interested and involved in nature is a great way to encourage healthy living and appreciation for the beautiful area we live in. Two local photographers have embraced nature and tell stories through their amazing photography to create children's stories for all to enjoy. Carl Sams and Jean Stoick bring woodland animals to life through their photography and use their gifts to share how amazing nature can be. Check out to find their children's books, board books, and DVDs. These would be amazing Christmas gifts for the children (or children at heart) in your life! Support local artists and give a gift that embraces the outdoors - you will surely love it!

Monday Morning Coffee

If you are like me, that first cup of coffee is an important start to any day. It seems to taste especially good on Mondays though. Whether you have that cup at home, at work, or somewhere in between, it just seems to hit the spot. Marquette County is fortunate to have some fantastic places to get coffee if you are looking for a barista to make it for you. Travel Marquette has some great information with Seven Must-Stop Coffee Shops in the area. Check it out! If you haven't been to these places, you definitely should go! Catch up with an old friend, meet a client, spend time with a loved one, or just people watch as you enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee! Your taste buds will thank you! 

Ladies Night in Downtown Marquette!

Marquette has so many events and festivals but tonight is for the ladies! Ladies Night in downtown Marquette is tonight from 4PM-8PM. Enjoy a night of shopping, entertainment, and food in Marquette's downtown district. For just $2 you can get a passport (proceeds will benefit the Marquette Women's Center). If you get your passport stamped at 10 participating businesses you can enter a drawing for some fantastic gift baskets! Whether you win a basket or not, this is a great opportunity to have a fun evening with some of your favorite ladies in your life! For more information visit Downtown Marquette's Ladies Night.

Why List With RE/MAX? Why List With Me?


There are so many reasons why it is beneficial to hire a real estate agent to help list and sell your home, but how do you choose when there are so many agents to pick from? Check out this great site that shows why RE/MAX is the number one brand in real estate! Click here to see the short 30 second video as well as some important information about how RE/MAX markets each listing!

So how do I, Mike Golisek, go above and beyond all this? For starters, I utilize Facebook with custom made graphics to market each of my listings. Check out my business page and scroll through the posts to see for yourself! Like what you see? Please like my FB page and see over time how I use it to market listings!

My personal experience can help as well. I have lived in Marquette my entire life and know this county very well. I worked 24 years in local retail prior to starting at RE/MAX and am grateful that past clients from my previous job carried over and they trust me now to help them with their real estate needs. I have met wonderful people and give my best to everyone. I will do the same for you! Whether you know someone who has worked with me or not, I give my all to every client I work with. Additionally, my assistant, Karen Bruce, knows the area well as she grew up in Gwinn and now lives in Marquette. We both do everything we can to meet your needs and help you accomplish your real estate goals, whether that means selling your house or finding your next home.

If you have contemplated selling, Karen and I are willing to get you information that may help you make a decision. We can meet with you and research comparative properties in the area to get you an idea of what your house may sell for. We can also meet you at your house and give some suggestions of things that you could do that may help your house sell more quickly. These are free services we are happy to offer. Whether you decide to list your property or not, you will be more informed and we are happy to help you with that.

Please let me know how I can help you! Contact me on my cell at 906-236-3750 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you! 

Planning on Buying a Home?

Here are five tips that everyone thinking about buying a home, at any point in life, should know.
  1. Start saving early! Try to save as much as you can for a down payment when you purchase a home. Just a small amount of regularly planned savings can really add up over time. The earlier you start intentionally saving, the more it will add up!
  2. Consider unexpected maintenance costs. Check seller's disclosure closely and see when recent repairs or updates were done. When was the furnace last replaced? The roof? Your real estate agent can help you get answers if they are not on the disclosure.
  3. Create a budget and stick to it! This is advice people frequently hear, but rarely do. It can be SO beneficial when planning to purchase a home. It will help you determine what you can afford and ensure you are continually saving for your future down payment.
  4. Buying sooner can help you start building equity. It is tough to buy a house when you are young and starting out in a career, but doing so can really help you build equity in that home. If you can remodel a kitchen, bathrooms, or update flooring over the time you own the house, the improvements will benefit greatly if you ever find yourself looking to sell.
  5. Buy a home you can grow into. Perhaps you are a young couple starting out but plan to have kids. Make sure that the house you buy can accommodate a small family. You may sell and buy a larger house in the future anyway, but give yourself a chance to grow into the house you buy before it is outgrown too quickly. 
If you are interested in looking for a new home, please call me, Mike Golisek, at 906-236-3750 or email me at I would love to help you find the right home for you!

The sun is shining!

After a few days of rain it is wonderful to see the sun peeking through clouds again! Even though the weather is definitely cooler now, this still can be a great time to consider putting your home on the market. There are many buyers out there that haven't found the right place yet... maybe you have what they are looking for! I am happy to find comparable properties for you so you have an idea of what your house could sell for. Call or email me! My assistant, Karen, and I would be happy to help you out!

Enjoying the Fall Colors

Fall is definitely here! The days are getting cooler and those gorgeous fall colors are emerging! While the peak of fall colors will vary a bit by location, start thinking about how you can get out and enjoy what mother nature has to offer here in the U.P. Some great places to visit include the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, Little Garlic, Harlow Lake, and Thomas Rock. The hike to the scenic overlook at Thomas Rock is easy enough for young kids and there's a great place to have a picnic at the top. Visit Travel Marquette for more info on these areas if you are interested. Go take in the beautiful colors and the crisp fall air today!
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