Branch home to new real estate office

BRANCH — Lighthouse Realty is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in Branch.

This Lake County office is located at 11933 West US 10 directly across the road from the Branch U.S. Post Office building. Lighthouse Realty owners Ben Korendyke, Don Bradley and Rick Randall are all active real estate brokers who started Lighthouse Realty in Ludington in 2007.

When asked about the wisdom of expanding a real estate business in the current economic climate, Ben Korendyke responded:

“We started the company just after the real estate industry entered some of its darkest days and we were able to buck the trends in Ludington and Pentwater area by utilizing state of the art marketing techniques. We now feel those same strategies can be used in Lake County and eastern Mason County.”

Don Bradley added, “We feel that the Branch and Baldwin areas - including all of Lake County, are poised for some real growth. The re-opening of the prison is just one factor.”

Rick Randall also noted, “There are so many picturesque small lakes in the area - my wife and I have a cottage in the Branch area and spend a lot of our free time there. And the area has some of Michigan’s most beautiful and productive trout streams.” Korendyke added, “We have been listing and selling quite a few properties in Lake County and eastern Mason County now for a few years, so it just seems natural for us to open an office in the Branch and Baldwin area.”

At this time, the Branch office will be open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or most anytime by appointment. There are currently two Lighthouse agents staffing the Branch office. Ingrid Wadel, who lives in the Branch area on the Big South Branch of the Pere Marquette River, and Bill Bailey, associate broker, a long time former resident of the Branch area are both devoting a lot of time to business development in the Branch office.

The phone number for the Lighthouse Realty Branch office is (231) 898-3660. Office hours and the number of Realtors will be expanded in the spring.