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Craig Kivi, Principal Broker, Golden Drake Realty
Many people in the Dexter and Pinckney area know me from owning Log Cabin Hardware and Golden Drake Outdoors on Portage Lake. It was a great store, and it was my pleasure to serve so many people in our community by solving thousands of problems each year and providing great products with terrific convenience. I remember all the faces of those who came into my store, and if I haven’t thanked you yet for all your support then, I am thanking you now.
When the tough times of 2008 came to all of us, the store could not survive the recession no matter how hard I worked. In 2010, I went to the bank, told them what was happening, and asked them how I could make them whole. As it turned out, I had to auction the inventory and equipment and the building went into foreclosure. It was over.
Early in 2010, seeing the tough times coming, I got my Real Estate License and re-invented myself yet again. The next couple of years were rebuilding years, very tough, barely paying the everyday bills as well as the many business and personal debts incurred by trying to keep the store afloat when things got tough. The good news about entrepreneurs is they never give up. The bad news is they never give up.
With the help of God, tons of hard work and wise counsel from true friends, I got back on my feet, caught up with the mortgage, paid off all personal and small business debts, and just recently began paying my commercial Real Estate loan back to a very patient and cooperative Chelsea State Bank. I’ve even started a small savings, and have been rebuilding a retirement account.
Our new Golden Drake Realty office on Dexter Pinckney Road on Portage Lake is right next to where a small general store used to be when I was just a kid. I used to take my boat across the lake, under the bridge, and up the small river almost every day to get candy for the day. 50 years later, I now drive my boat that same route to come to the office. As a licensed and insured charter captain, I have people come to the office and give them safe and legal real estate tours by boat.
I’m still amazed at this whole journey, and yet feel like we’re just getting started.
Nick Bauder, Realtor
Nick will not rush or pressure you. He understands that buying a home
is often the largest investment you will ever make. He will follow a
proven process – engaging experts including attorneys, title companies,
lenders, architects, appraisers, builders and more when required –
to make sure you are getting the best outcome.
His testimonials speak for themselves. He is knowledgeable, innovative
and is all about telling the truth and working hard to not only meet, but
exceed our clients’ needs. These traits make Nick a perfect fit for
Golden Drake Realty.
Art Stauch, Real Estate Agent
Art Stauch is a key member of the Golden Drake team. With 25 years
of experience in property management, Art has solved almost every
problem real estate has to offer. A committed and trusted member of
the community, Art has served in a first responder role as a lieutenant
For 25 years Art has been responsible for the lake levels as Operations
Manager of the Flook Dam on the Huron River. This challenge required
working cooperatively with key community members, businesses,
associations and local government to accomplish Portage Chain of
Lakes and Huron River water resource and property protection goals.
Coming from a family history of waterfront living, boating and fishing, Art is fiercely committed to the protection of our valuable natural resources now, and for future generations.
Art’s proven record of real estate experience, trusted community reputation and insistence on doing things right makes him a perfect fit for anyone looking for someone they can trust with their real estate needs - and associated real estate needs, well beyond just the sale itself.
Jan Byar, Realtor
Jan moved back to Michigan in 1996 and felt it was terrific to be home
again. 23 years later, Jan is still helping home buyers and sellers with
excellence in Washtenaw and Livingston County. Jan is such an
accomplished real estate professional she also has another business
helping other agents in the contract to close process which gives her
tremendous innovative experience on the most difficult part of a real
estate transaction. Working through all the incredible detail behind the
scenes and solving problems in this area is where most transactions
fall apart and it takes tremendous skill to get them done. Even other
competitive agents in the industry will testify that Jan is the best at this,
Jan believes the role of an agent is simple: to guide clients through the buying or selling process, giving them accurate and timely information to understand every step of the transaction in order to use good strategy and make good decisions. This results in the best outcome for her Clients!
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