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The Playhouse at White Lake

IMG_2247.JPGLooking for a fun weekend outing? Come support our local performing arts community at the historic Playhouse at White Lake! Our incredible, newly renovated 105 year old theatre has something for everyone during its Summer Theatre Festival. From avant garde experimentalists to modern musical fans and everything in between, all ages and interests are represented in the eight week festival. Show your support for our vibrant theatre community and reconnect with the beauty of live entertainment at The Playhouse!
Go to and click on summer ‘21 theatre festival to read show descriptions and get tickets!

A brief look at the Summer Theatre Festival- we’ve got our weekends jam-packed!

July 15th- 17th at 7:30 and 18th at 2pm
Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty

July 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 and 24th at 2pm
White Lake Youth Theatre presents two one acts: Paper or Plastic and Our Place

July 29th-31st at 7:30 and August 1st at 2pm
White Rabbit Red Rabbit

August 5-7th at 7:30 and 8th at 2pm
The Last Five Years

August 14th at 2pm and 7:30
The Phillip Huber Marionette’s “Suspended Animation”

August 19th and 20th at 6pm and 21st at 2pm
White Lake Youth Theatre presents If Only the Lonely were Home and The Least Lonely Sing-Along

August 26th-28th at 7:30 and 29th at 2pm
Summer shorts
Our “Show Me the Money” fundraising drive is off to a great start, with $11,500 raised so far in three weeks! We cannot thank you enough. Our goal of $50,000 by September 15th is only possible with the continued support of our amazing community. Any amount you give is deeply appreciated and will be matched by our anonymous donor up to our goal amount! This will help us to fund shows and offset the 15 month closure of The Playhouse amid the pandemic. Thank you to our patrons, donors, and friends!

Sky Harsch
Front of House Manager
The Playhouse at White Lake


Buying a home is an exciting and emotional time for many people. To help you buy your home with more confidence, make sure you
get owner's title insurance. Here is why it is so important for you. 

1. Protects Your Largest Investment

A home is probably the single largest investment you'll make in your life. You insure everything else that's valuable to you -your life, car, personal property, health, pets, etc. -
so why not your largest investment? For a one-time fee, owner's title insurance protects your property right for as long as you or your heirs* own the home.

2. Reduces Your Risk

If you're buying a home, there are many hidden issues that may pop up after purchasing it. Getting an owner's title insurance policy protects you from legal title discrepancies. 
Don't think it will happen to you? Here are just some of the many situations that you'll be protects from if you have owner's title insurance.

Unforeseeable title claims, such as:
- Forgery: making a false document.
  For example, the seller misrepresents the identity of the person selling the property.
- Fraud: deception to achieve unfair gain
  For example, someone steals your identity and either sells your house without your knowledge or consent, or takes out a second mortgage on the property and walks away 
  with the money.
- Clerical error: inconsistent paperwork and historical records
  For example, an unforeseeable discrepancy in the property or fence line causes confusion in ownership rights.
Unexpected title claims, such as:
- Outstanding mortgages and judgments, or liens against the property because the seller didn't pay required taxes.
- Pending legal action against the property that could affect your ownership.
- An unknown heir of a previous owner who is claiming ownership of the property.

3. You Can't Beat the Value

Owner's title insurance is a one-time fee that's very low relative to the value it provides. It typically costs around 0.5% of a home's purchase price.

4. Covers Your Heirs*

As long as you or your heirs* own your home, owner's title insurance protects your property rights.

5. Nothing Compares

Home insurance and warranties protect only the inside of the home. Getting owner's title insurance ensures your family's property rights stay protected.

6. 8 in 10 Homebuyers Agree

Each year, more than 80% of America's homebuyers choose to get owner's title insurance.

7. Peace of Mind

If you're buying a home , owner's title insurance lets you rest assured, with the knowledge that you won't be stuck with certain existing debt's or 
legal problems once you've closed on your new home.

For more information on this and other home buying questions call us today at 231-893-1800

This information is brought to you by Transnation Title Company.

An Amazing Place to Live


Why is the White Lake area such an amazing place to live?


The White Lake area consists of the cities of Whitehall and Montague. Located right on Lake Michigan, where you can go for amazing beach days, hikes, and stunning sunsets. This area is filled with a great community, amazing places to eat, and endless activities for any time of the year.


878508C1-31EF-45D8-A6BB-46391CCE02B1_1_105_c.jpegWe will start with the food. There are options for whatever you are feeling. A very highly rated place is Pekadill's. They have amazing soups and sandwiches in a wide variety. If your eating in, we suggest the garden seating. The tables are ampily spaced with a winding path, lush flower beds, and beautiful pergolas. Here is a link to their website:

Another great place to go is Lipka's Old Fashion Soda Fountain. This place will bring you back to the 1950s. Here, you will find a soda fountain from 1878 that is still in use, making ice cream treats more decadent. They also serve from a daily menu a variety of house sandwiches, soups, and salads. You can check out their daily menu on their facebook page, we provided you the link:

A great place to sit down and have some dinner is the Old Channel Inn in Montague. They serve burgers and sandwiches, with many delicious desserts to get after your meal. This restaurant is a great place to take the family or go for a cozy night out. You can view their menu on their facebook:

There is always something going on, or something to do in the White Lake area, or somewhere nearby.

For instance, you could attend the annual Cruizn where classic cars drive through Whitehall and Montague. This event happens during the summer each year and hundreds of people come to watch.

You could also travel a little noth and visit Double J. Here, you will find so many activities on its own. One of the favorites however is the water park. This is a great activity for any time of the year, but especially winter. The water park holds West Michigans tallest indoor waterslide. You can check out their website here:

A great way to see the beauty of the state is on the water. WaterDog Outfitters offers kayak and paddleboard rentals. Take a trip on the water to see some wildlife, or you could go in the evening to catchD221D847-503C-4D33-9881-34E9C047493C_1_105_c.jpeg an amazing sunset on the water. You can travel over 12 miles of the White Lake shore, or travel down the White River watershed. Take a look on what this company offers on their website:

The White Lake area is filled with so much nature and places to site see, a great way to see everything is by hiking. A great place to do so is at Duck Lake State Park. There is over 728 acres along Lake Michigan, filled with many hiking trails. You could also explore the sand dunes at Duck Lake.

There are many quaint little places to stay while visiting the White Lake area. You could try the historical Bed and Breakfast like the Cocoa Cottage, Lewis House, or White Swan. Or try out the amenities that the Weathervane Inn has to offer

Overall, the White Lake area offers the quaint hometown feel with daytime adventures and night time fun.

Yard Clean Up


Yard Clean Up

Now that the snow is melted our lawns are beginning to show, and they probably have taken quite the beating this winter. It's time to tidy them up, and give your yard a needed makeover. On a nice sunny day you could spend some time outside in the sunshine just taking care of the simple things in your yard. Such as picking up any dead leaves or branches. This helps to strengthen your lawn by allowing the sun to reach the grass, and it helps to prevent mold, bacteria, pests and weeds. You could do this by hand if you want to spend more time outdoors,
but if you have somewhere you need to be, you could use a lawnmower with a catchHome Exterior Supplemental Photo
bag to speed up the process.


Another way to prepare your yard for the upcoming spring is by pruning
your flowers if you have any. There are many benefits of pruning. These include maintaining plant health, controlling the size of the plants, and maintaining its shape. The best time to prune summer flowering shrubs
is February-April. For spring shrubs and hedges the best time is June-July. When it gets to August-December pruning could lead to stimulation of new growth that may not have enough time to mature. Pruning is a very important part of plant health, so don't wait too long to get
your garden ready!

Home Upkeep Session Two


Home Upkeep Session Two

As the warmer weather begins to creep up on us and the snow melts away,
you may notice your gutters are filled with pine needles and leaves. NowIMG_3479.jpg
is the perfect time to clean the junk out of them. If the debris stays in
your gutter, it will make it difficult to handle the showers that spring brings
along. To clean them out yourself, you will need a ladder, something
to scoop with, gloves, and a hose. You will start by just taking out the
debris with your hands, or the scoop. When you finish, you will flush
your gutters out to make sure they are all prepared for when it rains.
While you are up there cleaning out your gutter, take a minute to
check your roof out. Are there any missing shingles? Maybe some rust
or cracks on the roof. This is another job you may want to put on your
spring to do list. These are just some ideas to keep your home safe, and
looking sharp.

Home Upkeep Session One


Spring Maintenance
As we transition from winter to spring, there is much work that needs to be done to our homes. Some things you may want to look into, are checking up on you HVAC systems, and your chimneys. It's a great idea to get your heating and cooling systems checked out, in case there is any damage. Or if it it just time to get it cleaned. The filters should be changed at least twice a year. Also, you don't want to forget about your chimney, even though it's an easy thing to slip your mind. Your fireplace can carry many harmful gasses, which are not healthy for you to be breathing in. It is always smart to get it cleaned, just to be safe!

Neutral and brown seating area with electric fireplace near kitchen with multiple seating areas in distance

Top 7 things to think about when preparing to sell your home.

Top 7 things to think about and do when preparing to sell your home

When selling your home there are many things to consider. Our agents here at RE/MAX by the Water have compiled a list of must dos. If you follow this list your home will sell fast and for what it is worth. 

           1. First before anything else call a real estate professional. They do this for a living, so let an expert guide you through this experience. Click on any of the links below to reach any one of your local agents.
      Eric Harch - Real Estate Agent

      Lyle VanDenHeuvel - Real Estate Agent

      Joneen Peterson - Real Estate Agent

       2. Declutter and clean out. Packing never starts to soon. By organizing and cleaning your home becomes a place that buyers are able to see as their new space. Sometimes your agent will recommend someone who can guide you in the process of this. It can definitely be an overwhelming task for some. Reach out to Megan Anderson at Savvy Surroundings for the best organizational ideas. Or better yet have her do it for you!

      Savvy Surroundings

       3. Depersonalize or staging. Buyers want to visualize your home as their home. This is hard to do when they see you and your family everywhere. Take down personal and family photos. If you need someone to lead you in the right direction Home Staging &          Consultations does a fantastic job. Reach out to them at

      4. Clean clean clean. Carpets, windows, and list goes on. You want these things to be as clean as possible. Including the exterior and yard.


    5. Repairs can pay off. Doing the repairs now with make your home more valuable and buyers will look at it as a ' move in ready home'. This puts you a step ahead.


    6. Attracting a buyer. Open the drapes, and blinds. Make sure all interior doors are open as well. This will help to make the spaces more welcoming for viewers. Ensure that the home smells clean and fresh, and not from an air freshener.


    7. Always be ready for a showing. Sometimes it can be the next day or in 5 minutes. It's good to always have a plan in these cases.

Make sure you check back for some great tips straight from Savvy Surroundings. Also, some before and after photos. 

The impact of snow on your roof.





Hello everyone!
We, here at RE/MAX by the Water, decided to create this wonderful blog page for all of you. It will contain helpful information about in all aspects of buying and selling a home. Also, we will provide helpful tips and tricks with home maintenance, and improvements. We are excited to join this journey with all of you and hopefully provided insightful along the way. Stay tuned and check back next week for our first informative segment. Exterior view of rustic front door made of weathered wood painted blue and a wreath of chili peppers.
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