State Wide Real Estate of Houghton (SWOH) is a Michigan real estate firm that works with property owners and buyers to sell and buy property in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Based in downtown Houghton, the firm’s dozen licensed brokers/agents focus on property in the four-county area of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon. Beyond these four snow country counties, the State Wide also has numerous vacant land listings in Iron County. Our office is a member of the Keweenaw Multiple Listing Service, which plugs us into the property listings of another 75 Realtors. Our firm’s agents take pride in listening to its customers and then providing the services that the customer wants. In short, we exist to make our customer’s lives easier.
State Wide of Houghton’s agents uses all of the latest tools available to them to maximize the sale or purchase of any property. Examples are extensive use of the Internet and online databases to search for the properties that best match a customer’s desires. We also use technology like online mapping software and GPS units to better identify property for a customer. We can also send you an aerial photo of a property, or a property’s topographic map so you can really see the elevation changes on a property. And, once we start working on the paperwork associated with selling or buying a property, we employ data exchanging with the customer and pass electronic signatures back and forth to get deals done faster for our customers.
Our office is on the corner of Shelden Avenue (US-41) and Huron Streets, in downtown Houghton. The building is three-stories of limestone and rock construction that started life in the 1870s as a liquor store. Through its life, it has housed a liquor store, shoe factory, several grocery stores, a financial planner, a law firm, a CPA firm, a contractor, and the real estate office and three apartments it is now. The building recovered from a couple of serious fires in its long history, the largest of which removed the top 10 feet of the building permanently. It was extensively remodeled and returned to it’s more original roots in 2015. This included the manufacture of a replacement 16-foot tall sign to restore the original signage on the building from the 1870s. The all-glass main floor street front invites customers to sit and talk about real estate at all hours of the day. If a customer needs a computer to check email or fax to send a document, you are welcomed into the office to share our technology. Our just stop in for a hot cup of coffee to rest and chat.
The agents of SWOH represent very diverse backgrounds. This diversity helps our team better represent customers and cover more aspects of our local community. Examples of our team experiences include building residential and commercial construction, piloting airplanes, skiing both alpine and Nordic, hiking and snowshoeing the backcountry, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, as well as a variety of work-related experience. All of this diversity helps us better represent, explain, and show the beauty of the Keweenaw to customers.
State Wide Real Estate of Houghton is a franchise for State Wide Real Estate. The corporate office is located in Escanaba, Michigan. State Wide is represented by 26 franchised offices across the State of Michigan. The broker-owners of each office work daily striving to deliver the highest quality services possible to our customers. State Wide’s Houghton office was established in the 1960s. So, we’ve been in Keweenaw for over 50 years. The office is owned by Kevin Liimatta, a transplant from Detroit via Minneapolis. Kevin and his wife Kathy, also a Realtor in Michigan, live in rural Chassell on an old family farm. Kevin and his business partner and former owner of SWOH, Dick Walrath, spend time in the office every day working with both customers and our agents to ensure that the customer gets what they want.
All off our current listings are present, and you can search the entire local Realtor’s Association listings there as well. If you locate a property or properties of interest, please give us a call or drop us a quick email. We’d be happy to answer your questions and dig up more information on the property that interests you. So, call us at 906-482-6955 to discuss your needs today. We’ll help you “find yourself in the woods” today. We cover Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon Counties