Bill Branigan and Amy Cull
Associate Broker and Realtor
2015 President-Elect of the BCRA
Ayre/Rhinehart Bay Realtors
Bay City, MI  48708 


In this issue:

Bay City Times Visit
Magic the Greyhound
SBLC Honors
Historical Listings
Running Club
Dan McEvoy Office
Real Estate Update
Cupcake Company
Solds, Pendings & Listings


Bay City Times Visits Bill's 180 Acre Listing in Beaver Twp.

Yffy Yossifor is hard at work capturing the beauty of the property Bill has listed on Beaver Road. Click on this link to see the article: Bay City Times - MLive Online Beaver Road 

Heather Jordan and Yffy work for the Bay City Times and they contacted Bill and asked if they could do a story on the million dollar property. It became the lead front page story of the Friday, October 16th edition. They had a great time with Bill riding a 4-wheeler around the lakes, across the meadows and through the woods. 

SBLC Awarded Land Trust Alliance
Highest Honor

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy received the highest honor a land trust can receive for maintaining the highest standards of ethics and responsibility to their community. They were named an Accredited Land Trust from the Land Trust Alliance at their 2015 rally in Sacramento, California. While the group had a few days in central California, they made the most of it by visiting the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods National Monument. Congrats to SBLC on this highest honor!

Bill's New Historical Listings

Two new listings that have been getting a lot of attention are blocks apart in Bay City's northeast section and are priced right. 1412 6th, an entirely restored Victorian era beauty has gorgeous woodwork, the traditional front and family parlors, two fireplaces, a new first floor bathroom with laundry and a dream kitchen with all the details carefully attended to by Doug Conrad. $147,500. Click to see the online listing: 1412 6th.

The home at 414 N Farragut is a renovation masterpiece on 1/3 acre. Mike Wittbrodt spent 16 months, 7 days a week, saving this property. It is new EVERYWHERE from each foot of electrical wire and pex plumbing to the brand new kitchen and baths. The woodwork is phenomenal and the floors are stunning. The new vinyl siding and paint showcase this home that is now "new old stock". Mike has saved other homes that Bill has sold and this is his best yet. $157,900. Click to see more of this home: 414 N Farragut webpage


Bay Co Real Estate Update

The drive is on to finish the year on an up-note! The first 9 months of 2015 were almost 10% over 2014's totals for the same period. The average sold price of a Bay County MLS listed property was $92,238 vs. $84,280 from a year ago. Some areas did better than others. The City of Bay City saw more sales (308 vs 269), in fewer days on market, but at a lower price across the board. The NE section had an average price of $63,453 (118 DOM) while last year the price was $66,297. The SE of Bay City has the lowest average price. This year it is running at $46,571 while last year it was $48,139.
The townships are faring better. Leading the way is Monitor with 87 sales at an average of $148,737 (vs. 75 at $128,652). Disappointing sales were discovered in Frankenlust with 13 sales at an average of $147,374 (vs. 24 at $174,544). Bangor however had a robust 107 units at $121,027 while last year saw 99 at $108,822. The Essexville market struggled in 2015 with 41 sales at an average of $71,868 compared to 40 sales at $76,507 a year ago. Hampton fared better with 55 sales at $118,819 while the township experienced 45 sales at $98,013 in 2014. The Auburn area had mixed results for the first 9 months of the year. The City of Auburn had 11 sales at $137,127 average vs. 16 last year at $108,006. Williams Township saw a decline from the 24 homes sold this year at an average of $129,515 after reaping 24 sales at $136,986 in 2014. 
In October there are changes coming to the closing process due to the Dodd-Frank law and Consumer Finance Protection Bureau oversight. It is important for Buyers to check with their loan originators (see Dan McEvoy below) to see how this will impact them.
Dan McEvoy's New Union Home Mortgage Office

Bill visited Dan McEvoy at his new Bay City office at Union Home Mortgage. Dan is a Lincoln fan like Bill and believes in the same principles that Lincoln lived by in his daily life. If you are looking for a loan originator and someone who knows the business inside and out, put yourself in Dan's care. See him in the West Bay Professional Building at 800 S Euclid across from Labadie. Call Dan at 989-488-4981 or  email Dan at and tell him Bill sent you!

Two Sisters and a Mixer

Bill just had to share this fun company (and yummy!) little business that is owned by two sisters, Bobbi Taylor and Heidi Prince who both live on 6th St. in Bay City. Bobbi came to one of Bill's open houses and shared some of her delights that made Bill's day. Their slogan "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a cupcake and it's kind of the same thing" is something that we can all identify with. They take orders and can handle office meetings or parties. So instead of wondering what to make or who to order treats from, give them a call. They are on Facebook and can be reached at 989-280-1925 (Bobbi) or 989-297-3666 (Heidi). Their flavors are amazing and I counted over 36 varieties! The raspberry, chocolate peanut butter cup, blue moon, snickers and lemon cupcakes that Bill tried were all winners. Give them a call!

Magic the Greyhound
Always Remembered


Magic the Greyhound was rescued by Bill's son, Zak and his wife, Moira in 2006. They got him from Daytona, FL after he was done with his 5-year racing career. Originally he was from Ireland. October 12th was his last day with us. Bill's grandson, Leo asked " Daddy maybe we can remember Magic by putting up a tree with a sign telling everyone that visits the nature preserve that they can tie a ribbon on the tree to remember their pets that went to Heaven. Like they do at Notre Dame for people that had cancer". Carol and Bill took Leo to ND for an overnight trip and they had such a tree on the campus. Amazing little 6-year old who thought of this. Look for a "Magic Tree" to become reality at one of the SBLC's nature preserves. 

Check out Bill and Amy's Sellers and Buyers! :

See Bill's YouTube Channel,
and see his website 

612 N Lincoln, SOLD! $150,000
600 S Sherman, SOLD! $72,200
507 Burns, PENDING! $64,900
180 Acres Beaver Rd., $1,399,000
1412 6th, $147,500
1408 6th, $189,000
414 N Farragut, $157,900
2814 E Kawkawlin River Drive, $209,900
200 N Chilson, $154,900
401 N Lincoln, $94,800
2105 6th, $159,700
1612 5th, $116,800
1910 6th, Historic Dist.! $114,900

2146 6th, 4-unit, $59,900
815 E. Midland, Commercial, $178,900 SOLD!

506 Columbus, Commercial, $65,000
0 N Scheurmann lot, $25,000


Buyer Contracts:

27 Benton Road, SOLD! $250,500
1812 6th, SOLD! $63,000

Saginaw Basin Running Club

Bill and Amy are runners and they would love to see you on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. to run on the streets and trails of Bay City. Bill would like to have some company as he brings up the rear (somebody has to!). But, the important thing is to get out and do it! Join the SBRC at the Conservancy's office on Johnson Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. 
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