At United Country – Michigan Lifestyle Properties, we specialize in bringing together buyers and sellers of lifestyle properties throughout Michigan, including premier properties, Great Lake waterfront and other lake properties, country homes, small farms, log homes, horse properties, acreage and other recreational properties.
Based in the Lake Michigan resort town of South Haven, Michigan Lifestyle Properties and its agents represent properties throughout the state of Michigan. United Country – Michigan Lifestyle Properties is committed to serving sellers and buyers of properties that fulfill their dreams and support their lifestyles.
For sellers of Michigan lifestyle properties, we are committed to using creative and unique marketing methods in order to bring maximum exposure to the properties we’re privileged to represent.
We know that it takes more than a ‘For Sale’ sign and an MLS listing to attract buyers to exceptional Michigan properties. So we employ a comprehensive marketing strategy that includes extensive internet marketing, unique national and regional print advertising, direct mail and e-mail to a database of interested buyers, as well as social network marketing methods in order to reach as many likely buyers as possible.
For buyers, we offer a comprehensive knowledge of the wide variety of Michigan properties that draw people to Michigan. We are also committed to providing exceptional client service and operating according to high professional standards. The professionals below specialize in a wide variety of Michigan lifestyle properties in their local areas. They know the local history, understand the issues, have longstanding relationships, and devote the time and energy necessary to help their clients buy and sell the properties of their dreams.
Our team of professionals has a significant breadth of experience and expertise. Though our clients may work primarily with one member of our team, their needs are often served by other staff members who are consulted behind the scenes to serve our clients best interests. Feel free to contact any of us to discuss your real estate needs or questions. We look forward to serving you.
David S. Kreager, CFP®, ABR®, Broker/Owner
Cell: (269) 352-1381
Dave is a native Michigander, originally from the metro Detroit area. He started Michigan Lifestyle Properties, the only company of its kind that specializes in serving buyers and sellers of Michigan waterfront, recreational, equine and other lifestyle properties, in 2009. Dave has 30 years of sales management, marketing and real estate development experience, having spent the majority of his career with American Express Financial Corporation. Since 1984, he has been a Certified Financial Planner ®, and is qualified to work with IRA investors who invest tax-qualified money in real estate. In 2001, he stepped out of a senior sales management position to devote more time to his family, community involvement, and to manage a number of business interests. He is a Past President of the Gull Lake Community Schools Board of Trustees, as well as the Gull Lake Area Rotary Club, and is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota Executive Development Program. Dave and his wife live in South Haven, on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Geoff Cripe, Realtor®
Geoffrey Cripe hails from Kalamazoo where he serves on the City of Kalamazoo Planning Commission and works with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. Geoff holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with a focus in urban and regional planning. Before joining United Country’s staff of agents in Michigan, Geoff worked for three years as an urban planner, and eight years in land conservation. In his role with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Geoff directs the land protection program, which includes managing transactions through the property conveyance process, undertaking GIS-based planning and mapping analyses, assisting with estate planning (land decisions) and evaluating land from a natural resource perspective. In this capacity, Geoff has met with hundreds of large-acreage landowners across the nine-counties of Southwest Michigan and has an intimate knowledge of all nine counties as well as a comprehensive understanding of land use potential, natural resource values and regional zoning parameters. Geoff resides in Kalamazoo with his wife Sarah and son Lyndon.
Dennis Gebben, Realtor®
Cell: (616) 510-1046
A native of west Michigan, Dennis enjoyed a successful career as an environmental geologist for 30 years, and has experience in civil engineering, hydrogeology, environmental restoration, and land use policy. In 2004, he began to apply his vast knowledge and experience to a career in real estate, focusing primarily on equestrian properties, vacant land, rural residential and farms, hunting and recreational properties. Dennis enjoys applying his knowledge of Michigan’s glacial geology and land use to finding the ideal property for buyers. When clients specify the size, natural setting, and potential uses they have in mind, Dennis identifies some interesting property choices and helps his clients to evaluate the properties’ features and potential uses. Dennis is extremely well qualified to work with buyers and sellers of a wide variety of unique properties. He and his wife live on a horse farm in Ottawa County.
Ryan Johnson, Realtor®/Appraiser
Cell: (269) 720-1345
Ryan is a native of the Gull Lake community in southwest Michigan. He has a strong passion for the outdoors and enjoys a wide range of recreational activities. His ambitions for the outdoors led him west, where he graduated from Colorado State University, with a degree in Commercial Recreation & Tourism. Ryan started his career at US Lots.com, a national internet based marketing firm, where he was responsible for developing national relationships for selling lots and land. Later, Ryan moved back to Michigan and co-founded Yankee Appraisal Associates. He is an active appraiser of real property, specializing in suburban and rural land, with an emphasis in partial interest type appraisals for local units of government, government agencies, private landowners and conservation groups. Ryan’s knowledge and passion for land makes him a natural fit with United Country – Michigan Lifestyle Properties. He works throughout west Michigan with buyers and sellers of a variety of land types, farms and country estates. His extensive appraisal background provides enormous value to his clients. Ryan and his family live on Gull Lake, in Hickory Corners.
Leslee specializes in working with buyers and sellers of country homes, hobby farms, log homes, lakefront and horse properties, and executive homes in southwest Michigan. An experienced Realtor®, Leslee quickly identified rural properties as her niche. She is a native of Michigan, was raised in a mid-Michigan farming community, and has lived in various areas throughout the state, including the upper Peninsula, where she graduated from Michigan Technological University. She enjoys the natural elements that make Michigan properties unique. “Living in the country was a wonderful way to grow up, and now raising my own family makes me appreciate what Michigan’s countryside has to offer.” She believes Michigan is a great place to live because of its natural waterways, interesting countryside, small towns, and the beauty of its four seasons. She and her family live along the Wabascon Creek, just north of Battle Creek, where wildlife regularly crosses through her back yard.
Rebecca Zwar, Marketing Manager
Office: (269) 629-4947 Email Me
Fax: (269) 629-4968
Cell: (269) 252-3957
Originally from Chicago, Rebecca now lives in Southwest Michigan, near the Lake Michigan shoreline. She and her family have a passion for Michigan’s great outdoors, and they enjoy it all, from the woods to the beach. Prior to joining United Country – Michigan Lifestyle Properties, Rebecca ran an online marketing agency, specializing in real estate, and spent eight years with a property management company. Her background and experience give her the experience to serve the Michigan Lifestyle Properties team as the point person for marketing and administrative activities.