Launches Ask The Real Estate Guy–Online Video Helps Visitors Find their Dream Home Up North Launches Ask The Real Estate Guy–Online Video Helps Visitors Find their Dream Home Up North

Traverse City, MI (July 26)–, the online home of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, launches Ask the Real Estate Guy—a monthly real estate video and interactive Q & A forum. These features are in addition to its Northern Michigan MLS listings and real estate tools. Jack Lane, an agent in the North Country for two decades, hosts the video and makes the ins and outs of real estate both understandable and entertaining. Visitors to the site can view free videos, ask questions, read in-depth articles and find their dream spot Up North, all in one place.

“It’s a historic moment in time to buy property in Northern Michigan,” says Lane. “and puts all the pieces at your fingertips—watch videos of the area, learn about buying real estate and review MLS listings.” Ask the Real Estate Guy blends history, humor and a wheelbarrow full of real estate topics for buyers and sellers as it wanders along the charming streets of Northern Michigan’s communities.  The breathtaking scope of the landscapes and real estate market emerge in that beautiful Traverse Magazine way.

The first three episodes are available online at in both the Real Estate and the Video sections:

Negotiating a Real Estate Deal and Leland, Michigan Real Estate Offerings

In this episode viewers learn the keys to successful negotiating. Lane also shows off Leland, Michigan a great resort town in Leelanau County with available properties on Lake Michigan, Lake Leelanau and the Leland River.

Waterfront Values in Northern Michigan and Bellaire, Michigan Real Estate Offerings

Review the wide range of waterfront values throughout Northern Michigan with Lane in this video.  Additionally, Lane tours the quaint village of Bellaire, Michigan – the county seat of beautiful Antrim County.

Estate Planning Advice and Elk Rapids, Michigan Real Estate Offerings

Lane gives poignant advice for working with estates and the difficulties of passing real estate from one generation to the next. He takes you to the “sweetest little library” in Elk Rapids and gives you a tour of several properties in Elk Rapids including a beautiful Lindal Cedar home overlooking Torch Lake.

Future episodes will cover more delightful Northern Michigan towns including Traverse City and Harbor Springs.  Readers’ questions will help guide the producers’ choice of future video episodes.

Visitors to can get answers to these real estate questions submitted by readers at

  • Explain the homestead vs. non-homestead clause?
  • What is the difference between a condo and a site condo.  What are your thoughts about ownership of either of these?
  • Who should pay for the title insurance at the closing table?
  • What are the closing costs for a seller?
  • If the roof leaks one week after I move in, what are my options?
  • I have four brothers and a sister. We inherited our mother’s cottage on Lake Charlevoix. Four of us want to keep it, but two of my brothers want to be bought out. What’s the fair way to do this?
  • If I know a home sold for a particular price 5,6,7 years ago, how much less would the price be now? Is there a rule of thumb formula?

About Jack Lane

Jack Lane heads up The Jack Lane Team, a member of Real Estate One real estate agency.  He has 20 years experience as a real estate agent in Northern Michigan and hosts the market’s #1 radio show on real estate.  For more information about Lane or The Jack Lane Team, visit

About Prism Publications, Inc.

Prism Publications, Inc., founded in 1981 by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage and Destination Northern Michigan, a Northern Michigan travel guide, in addition to several other print and online publications. Traverse and its staff have won more than a dozen national and international awards for excellence, including a 2008 silver award for General Excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association and the 2007 “Magazine of the Year" award from the International Regional Magazine Association. Prism has also published Reflections of a Life Up North, a coffee-table book of stunning photography paired with a collection of Fellows’s columns from the pages of Traverse Magazine. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Mich. For more information, visit or call (231) 941-8174.