At United Country – Gull Lake Realty, we specialize in bringing together buyers and sellers of lifestyle properties and homes in town throughout the Gull Lake area, including luxury homes, Gull Lake waterfront and other lake properties, country homes, small farms, log homes, horse properties, acreage, and other recreational properties. Based in Richland, with an office on ‘the bay’ at Gull Lake, the Gull Lake Realty agents represent properties throughout southwest Michigan. United Country – Gull Lake Realty is committed to serving sellers and buyers of properties that fulfill their dreams and support their lifestyles.
For sellers of Gull Lake area properties, we are committed to using creative and unique marketing methods in order to bring maximum exposure to the properties we’re privileged to represent. We know that it takes more than a ‘For Sale’ sign and an MLS listing to attract buyers to exceptional properties, so we employ a comprehensive marketing strategy that includes extensive internet marketing, unique national and regional print advertising, direct mail and e-mail to a database of interested buyers, as well as social media marketing methods in order to reach as many likely buyers as possible.
For buyers, we offer a comprehensive knowledge of the Gull Lake area, and the wide variety of properties that draw people to the area. We are also committed to providing exceptional client service and operating according to high professional standards. The professionals below specialize in a wide variety of properties in the area. They know the local history, understand the issues, have longstanding relationships, and devote the time and energy necessary to help their clients buy and sell the properties of their dreams.
Meet Our Team
Our team of professionals has a significant breadth of experience and expertise. Though our clients may work primarily with one member of our team, their needs are often served by other staff members who are consulted behind the scenes to serve our clients best interests. Feel free to contact any of us to discuss your real estate needs or questions. We look forward to serving you.
David S. Kreager, CFP®, ABR®, Broker/Co-Owner
Cell: (269) 352-1381
Dave is a native Michigander, originally from the metro Detroit area. He started Michigan Lifestyle Properties, the only company of its kind that specializes in serving buyers and sellers of Michigan waterfront, recreational, equine and other lifestyle properties, in 2009. Dave has 30 years of sales management, marketing and real estate development experience, having spent the majority of his career with American Express Financial Corporation. Since 1984, he has been a Certified Financial Planner ®, and is qualified to work with IRA investors who invest tax-qualified money in real estate. In 2001, he stepped out of a senior sales management position to devote more time to his family, community involvement, and to manage a number of business interests. He is a Past President of the Gull Lake Community Schools Board of Trustees, as well as the Gull Lake Area Rotary Club, and is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota Executive Development Program. Dave and his wife live in South Haven, on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Ryan Johnson, Realtor®/Appraiser, Co-Owner
Cell: (269) 720-1345
Ryan is a native of the Gull Lake community in southwest Michigan. He has a strong passion for the outdoors and enjoys a wide range of recreational activities. His ambitions for the outdoors led him west, where he graduated from Colorado State University, with a degree in Commercial Recreation & Tourism. Ryan started his career at US Lots.com, a national internet based marketing firm, where he was responsible for developing national relationships for selling lots and land. Later, Ryan moved back to Michigan and co-founded Yankee Appraisal Associates. He is an active appraiser of real property, specializing in suburban and rural land, with an emphasis in partial interest type appraisals for local units of government, government agencies, private landowners and conservation groups. Ryan’s knowledge and passion for land makes him a natural fit with United Country – Michigan Lifestyle Properties. He works throughout west Michigan with buyers and sellers of a variety of land types, farms and country estates. His extensive appraisal background provides enormous value to his clients. Ryan and his family live on Gull Lake, in Hickory Corners.
Kelley Blacken, ABR®, Realtor®
Kelley is a native of southwest Michigan and knows very well the unique qualities that make the area a great place to live and vacation. A veteran of the real estate business, Kelley has extensive knowledge of the neighborhoods and lakes of the region. For over 20 years, she published The Condominium & Apartment Guide, an invaluable resource for apartment dwellers throughout southwest Michigan. The marketing experience that Kelley gained from that endeavor, combined with United Country Real Estate’s unique marketing resources and capabilities, enable Kelley to serve her clients extremely well. She particularly enjoys working with buyers and sellers of Gull Lake, Gun Lake, Wall Lake, Pine Lake and other lakefront properties, as well as log, golf, and unique country homes. And as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative®, Kelley is well-qualified to work with buyers throughout the entire process of purchasing their dream properties. Kelley and her family live in Barry County.
Paul Blacken, Realtor®
Paul has a passion for southwest Michigan, as well as for helping people. He’s lived in the area for most of his life, and spent the majority of his career as a teacher, coach, high school principal and school superintendent. In those capacities, he developed exceptional teaching and communication skills. He’s also an avid golfer, and loves sports in general, activities that have taken him to places throughout west Michigan. The combination of Paul’s knowledge of the area, as well as his outstanding people skills, make him an ideal fit to work with buyers and sellers of all types of property. He has a particular passion for working with lakefront properties, country homes, golf properties and executive homes throughout southwest Michigan. Paul and his family live in Barry County.
Jenni Hoeksema, Realtor®
Cell: (269) 217-9550
A native Michigander, Jenni is a graduate of Central Michigan University, and worked for a number of years as the Small Business/Marketing Director for both the Ypsilanti and Battle Creek Chamber of Commerces. Jenni and her husband have since lived in southwest Michigan for almost 20 years, where they raised three children, all graduates of Gull Lake High School. Jenni is very community-focused, having devoted time and energy to a wide variety of organizations, including the Gull Lake Community Schools, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, and others. She is an experienced Realtor®, and is very well qualified to work with both buyers and sellers of a variety of property types, including Gull Lake executive homes, Gull Lake and other lakefront homes, country homes, and other residential properties. Jenni enjoys spending time with her children and pets, reading, bird watching (nature), photography, walking and traveling.
Will Howson, Realtor®
Cell: (269) 615-5660
Will Howson has been involved in renovating and investing in real estate since the age of 20. After graduating from Michigan State University he attained his real estate license and got to work implementing innovative marketing plans for his sellers and offering first class service to buyers.
Since 2015 Will has successfully closed over 104 transactions for buyers and sellers. He’s dedicated to superior customer service and unmatched expertise in all segments of the market. We offer comprehensive relocation services through our affiliation with the United Country. United Country Michigan Lifestyle Properties’ marketing programs, family environment, and long-term relationships with clients are also company hallmarks.
A company is only as good as its people. Striving for excellence has become a tradition with United Country. It shows in the performance of every United Country realtor and each member of the support staff. With a strong and experienced support staff, United Country Michigan Lifestyle Properties assists with every facet of a sale or purchase. Will Howson knows the real estate business inside and out and has unmatched in knowledge of the residential market in the Southwest Michigan.