Whether you’re looking for a waterfront property on Charlevoix’s Chain of Lakes or a quaint home in the heart of outdoor recreation in Grayling, these real estate agents can help you find your happy place Up North. You voted for Northern Michigan’s Top 7 Real Estate Agents in each region—here are your winners!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge

Julie Lipnitz, Horizon Realty U.P., St. Ignace

Broker and owner of Horizon Realty U.P, Julie Lipnitz started selling real estate in 1997 and has loved every minute of it since. Julie understands that buying and selling a home is much more than just a transaction, and she’s personally committed to helping you find your happy place in the U.P. 

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best outdoor eating spots, beaches and much more.


Benzie & Leelanau 

Kari King, Century 21 Northland, Frankfort

Looking for your dream home along Lake Michigan’s breathtaking coast? Kari King works hard to ensure those working with her have as little stress as possible when buying or selling a home. Both her incredible knowledge in the field and personability will put anyone who works with her at ease! 

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.


Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington 

Casey Tennant, Lighthouse Realty, Manistee

Casey Tennant grew up right in Onekama and always had a passion for helping people find their perfect homes. In 2014, she joined the Lighthouse Realty Team and has been a passionate, licensed realtor ever since! As your go-to local, hometown real estate agent, Casey will solve all of the problems before they arise!

View the full list of Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Red Hot Best winners. 


Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes 

Steve Parafin, Real Estate One, Charlevoix

Proud to be ranked in the Top 5% of realtors nationally, you can rest easy when working with Steve Parafin. Steve specializes in waterfront, residential, and recreational properties in the Chain of Lakes and will be thrilled to help you find the perfect home. 

View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners.


Kalkaska Gaylord and Grayling 

Craig Hinkle, RE/MAX of Grayling, Grayling 

With over 30 years of real estate experience and a lifetime resident of Crawford County, look no further for help in selling your home than Craig Hinkle. An expert on all recreational activities in the area and an avid fly-fisherman, hunter, and golfer, Craig knows this area like the back of his hand – no pun intended! Put your trust in Craig’s knowledge and experience and find the perfect home. 

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best golf courses, events and more.


Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

Pat Leavy, Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, Petoskey

An avid outdoorsman and passionate salesman, Pat Leavy believes that buying a home in Northern Michigan is more than just a floor plan and price negotiations (although he’s great with these too!). Northern Michigan’s miles of lakes, undisturbed forests, friendly people, and vibrant towns make it a special place to call home, and with over 22 years of experience in the market, Pat Leavy would be honored to help you find the perfect place here.

Looking for the best beaches, breweries and more? View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners.


Traverse City 

Amber Cyman, Real Estate One, Traverse City

Amber Cyman loves living in Traverse City, and she wants you to love it too! Amber is committed to addressing the needs of every individual client that she works with, and understands how stressful the process of selling or buying a house can be without the right person to guide you through it. Trust Amber to find the perfect home for you in Traverse City!  

Searching for more of Traverse City’s top beaches, breweries and more? View the full Traverse City Red Hot Best winners list.


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