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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!

Things To Do Before You List Your House

Sometimes I am asked if there is anything the home owner should do when they list their house. RE/MAX has a great blog post highlighting 10 things that can be done. You can check it out here.

Just Listed! TBD Ferguson Rd

In the heart of the North Central UP you will find this sanctuary tucked into the hardwoods just South of Rumely and West of Chatham. 160 acres of quality hunting land with a classic UP deer hunting camp, featuring a large living room with wood stove, eat in kitchen dining, interior bucket flush toilet and 16x16 bunk room with propane space heater. Exterior wood fired sauna with changing room. New roof on the cabin last year. Adjoining thousands of acres of State Of Michigan land to expand your hunting opportunities. Search for MLS 1111196 for more info or check out the YouTube video of the listing! Contact me if you are interested in checking out the property in person!

Summer is here a bit longer!

I hope you are enjoying this extra week of summer we have gotten! This weekend looks to be beautiful as well. As the cooler temps come in and the leaves begin to turn color, take time to explore waterfalls and hiking or biking trails and just enjoy all the wonderful things the U.P. has to offer! While you are driving around, if you notice any property you may be interested in or just have more questions on, please call me at 906-236-3750. I am happy to help!

Are you ready for hunting season?

Opening day is only 66 days away! It will be here in no time! Are you looking for a camp or possibly know someone who is? There's still time to look now and make it yours before November 15! Check out W1400 Co Rd 581 which is on five acres on the Escanaba River. If you are looking for more land, consider checking out the camp on 160 acres at 1094 RM Rd! Call Mike at 906-236-3750! 

Happy 906 Day!


Happy 906 Day! September 6 is the perfect day to celebrate this awesome area code that we live in!!! Many local businesses here in Marquette are offering great deals to celebrate this day as well. Check out to find all the participating businesses and the deals they are offering. Let me know if you are looking for a new property is this great area of ours!  

Introducing My New Licensed Assistant

Today is the start of a new school year for many area schools and today marks the first day I have a licensed assistant in the office with me! I am excited to welcome Karen Bruce to my office. She is licensed and can also answer any questions you may have about any of my listings or any other listing. Karen grew up in Gwinn and her family still resides there. She and her husband, Larry (who grew up in Arnold), moved back to Marquette in October 2017 and are so happy to be back in the area! They have two children, Carmen and Nathan, and love spending time hiking, biking, and just being outdoors. If you have any questions, either Karen or I will be happy to help you out!

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