Principal Associate Broker/Owner
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Helping You Find Paradise With Honesty and Integrity
I've had a passion to sell real estate since I was a young teen age kid in growing up in a Northwest Chicago suburb! When I met my wife, in Kalamazoo in 1987 and married the same year, she suggested we take a trip to northern Michigan that summer and go to Torch Lake with her Mom and Dad. Well, I said to myself "Say Yes To Michigan" right? Coming from Illinois, we always took our trips to the other side of Lake Michigan and went to Minnesota or Wisconsin, so I thought, what the heck! Never did I think we would sell our business in Illinois 10 years later and venture up to this beautiful spot in Northern Michigan, start Paradise Properties USA and live a life that most people dream about.
Now, 20 years later I'm still living this dream, I LOVE what I do and handling the day to day operations of a successful Vacation Rental Business, which brings up anywhere between 3,500-5,000 vacationers in any given season and a fantastic Real Estate sales division as well!
My clients range from professional sports figures, CEO's and celebrities to the average every day person. It is always fun helping out they young first time home buyers as well. All of my clients are all treated the same, with integrity and respect.
I'm now one of the leaders in our industry in cutting edge marketing and communication technology. I pride myself in educating my clients as to how this technology works, how they'll be involved with it and show them results. Real Estate is not like it used to be and changes almost daily. Realtors in the past used to fax or snail mail and offer or listing agreement to their clients, which took days. Now with the latest digital signature sources, I have the ability to make a deal happen almost instantly, which comes in handy when under a timeline crunch.
I also showcase homes and vacant properties when and where necessary, with full video, aerial drone videography and aerial still shots to help a potential buyer actually get a "Feel" for the property before they even schedule a site visit to the property.
I specialize in Waterfront, Resort, vacant & residential properties in and around Northwest Michigan. I enjoy a challenge and will work until I can find whatever you are looking for. I've been an annual multi-million dollar producer for over 20 years. When I take a new client, they are not just a client as many of my clients become friends. I LOVE the challenge that every client brings to me. I then dig in, research the request, find results and start the process of elimination until I/we find that perfect piece of "Paradise'! I also pride myself in that if I don't think a property is right for my client, I educating them as to why and will even talk them out of buying it to avoid a potential problem in years to come.
I keep up on most of the area's zoning ordinance rules and regulations, I often attend monthly township meetings to help in the process of buying or selling properties. I also sit on various boards and been an active member in our Board of Realtors and Association of Realtors and an active contributor to the Realtor Political Action Committee "RPAC".
It's not every day you'll meet someone that can't wait to get to the office, work a 12-16 hour day and work hard for a client and enjoy every minute of the job. Please take a few minutes and read some of my client reviews which are also posted on Zillow. I think you'll understand why experience in this industry in this area is so important. Call or email me today to start the process, whether buying or selling, Im always there for you!
Yearly-Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer
20+ Years in Real Estate
Fine Homes & Vacation Properties
Golf & Ski Resort
Areas of Northwest Michigan:
Antrim & Kalkaska Counties:
Intermediate Lake & Upper Chain
Grand Traverse Bay
My Recent Client Reviews
12/21/2016 - kathleenlaubach
Bought a home in 2015 in Clam River, Bellaire, MI 49615.
Very knowledgeable. Honest. Listens to your ideas. Knows the area well. Uses all available sources to help sell property. Helped us buy property. Stays in contact and shares his experiences.
12/09/2016 - user6725057
Bought a home in 2016 in Kewadin, MI.
Gary's knowledge of the area was instrumental in finding us the right home. We had a general idea of what we were looking for but Gary helped get our search more focused. His connections with other local realtors allows him to connect buyers to potential new listings effectively.
The inventory in our search area was often limited so it did take some time to finally find the right home but Gary was patient and willing to work with us as long as it took. Not all realtors are willing to go the distance. Gary gets the job done !
12/07/2016 - bill374
Sold a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $175K in Alden, MI.
Gary had a buyer for my house before I contacted him to list it. He does not tell you what you want to hear. He tells you how he is going to get it done.
Bought and sold a home in 2016 in Lake Township, MI.
Gary is very knowledgeable within the market he services and his expertise is superior to most. We purchased are dream lakefront home through him and we are in the process of selling a second vacation home through him as well.
08/02/2016 - smszymanski
Sold a Condo home in 2016 for approximately $150K in Elk Rapids, MI.
Looking for a real estate agent for buying, selling or rentals, look no further, Gary and his wife Jill are the best (5 star +). They are very professional, knowledgeable, loyal, and trust-worthy along with knowing the market. They will work for you and have your best interest at heart. Our family has known both of them for many years, for property management and real estate. Gary recently sold our family condo for us. He kept us well informed and we didn’t have to worry about all the details. He made sure everything was in place. If we had any questions, Gary answered them quickly. We would recommend Gary and Jill and Paradise Properties without any hesitation.
07/28/2016 - lucasr55
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $200K in Rapid City, MI.
Gary did a great job helping us find out home. I called him and told him I was moving into the area and he was extremely helpful with the whole process. He did a great job negotiating on our behalf and he made the process fast and easy to buy. If you are looking for a home in the area I would definitely recommend contacting him.
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $700K in Rapid City, MI.
Gary during the entire process was looking out for our best interest. He was not pushing at all. He reviewed all documents thoroughly to make sure everything was in order. I'll recommend him in the future.
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 for approximately $125K in Bellaire, MI.
Gary becomes your friend so he will be completely honest about if a house is really right for you or not. I could not have gone thru this experience if it wasn't for Gary as I am newly divorced and have never been on my own so I relied on Gary to guide me thru this entire process. And he came thru ! Any time I had a question or concern or wanted to see a listing I would either call,or text him and he would get back to me promptly. Very trustworthy and very informative about the properties and very easy to work with. I would recommend him to anybody and everybody ! He is thee best !
Bought a home in 2016 in Elk Rapids, MI.
Gary is very knowledgeable, responsive, and seems to have all the right connections. He did an excellent job in helping us purchase our property. Gary negotiated through several offers and we agreed to terms to purchase our property. Gary was always available by phone or email to answer questions and keep us up to date.
02/25/2016 - bliss4653
Bought a home in 2016.
We loved working with Gary and his wife, Jill! They responded to every question we had quickly. The entire purchase process went very smoothly! We would recommend them to anyone selling or purchasing a home.
Gary worked very hard with all the details of the purchase of our property with the sellers. There were 3 sellers with many details that had to be worked out. He was very attentive at each detail and got it all done in a very timely manner. We are very happy buyers!
12/01/2015 - sjkline1
Sold a home in 2015 in O'Neil, Kalkaska, MI 49646.
Gary had to spend a lot of time on the phone with several people for the sale of our vacant land. He was very friendly and helpful. If needed I would definitely use Gary again.
09/30/2015 - user0667583
Sold a home in 2015 in Central Lake, MI 49622.
Gary has worked a miracle for my sister and I. He sold both our homes, in just a month or so (normally impossible to do in our area). And everything at the closings went without a "hitch". Plus, it all came together with our move downstate. Both my sister and I will be forever grateful; and would not hesitate for a moment to recommend him for a listing or if you are a potential buyer. All this and still being thoughtful and attentive. Thanks again, Gary & Jill !!
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $300K in Bellaire, MI.
Gary was great about taking the time to fully understand what we were looking for and then really working to find a great match. He is very client focused and easy to work with.
08/06/2015 - Randy and Lori Kendall
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $100K in Rapid City, MI.
Gary went over and above helping us purchase our cabin! It ended up being a longer process than what we expected and he worked hard for us! During the process of having the cabin inspected he helped with contacts, who were all reliable and helpfull. We are very greatful for all of Gary' s help and knowledge!!!!!!! Thank you, Gary!
07/09/2015 - Eric Jensen
Bought a home in 2015 in Torch River, Rapid City, MI 49676.
Working with Gary to find our new home was a great experience. He was very patient with our questions and concerns. He was also helpful with knowing businesses to recommend to us. He kept in touch throughout the entire process, and really understood what we were trying to accomplish. I would recommend him to anyone in this area.
06/16/2015 - elizaxcain
Bought a Condo home in 2015 for approximately $100K in Traverse City, MI.
Gary is hands down the BEST agent to work with in Traverse City area. He is a networking genius and works very hard to get you the best deal possible. With all of his connections, he is able to get you in touch with anyone who will get the ball rolling on your purchase. When we bought the condo, he contacted every person we needed to be in touch with. He got us connected to the association manager, inspectors, heating and cooling guys, and the maintenance man. The whole experience was positive and within a few weeks, we had closed and moved in! Now we're homeowners, and it couldn't have happened without Gary. Best guy in the business.
05/27/2015 - James W Hopkins
Gray has been, without a doubt, the best Realtor I have ever dealt with. At last count I have owned or leased 28 homes and never have I had a better buying experience than the one Gary help with. I found his responsiveness to my questions and follow-up with my concerns without match in the business today. I give Gary my Highest recommendation as my (and your) Realtor.
05/26/2015 - George Grobar
Bought a home in 2015 in Elk Rapids, MI.
I would recommend Gary without hesitation, and could not have been more satisfied with his role as our realtor. First, I doubt there are any realtors in the area with more knowledge of the market. Gary not only knows the attributes and potential pitfalls of different areas around the lakes, but many of the arcane laws that vary from township to township and can have a big impact on your purchase (from rental restrictions to deed restrictions). He also made our interests his priority as opposed to a quick sale. Our purchase took a long time as it was difficult to meet all of our requirements and we were very limited on how often we could visit. Despite that, he continued to put full efforts into assisting us and would make sure we understood potential issues with every property. He wanted us to be completely happy with the purchase and responded to our unending questions and concerns in stride. He also provided outstanding customer service. His use of email and the web provided us with immediate awareness of new properties coming onto the market. In addition, given we were out of market, he visited many properties for us taking comprehensive videos of the properties. He also provided many additional services for us to act as our on-site advocate through our search and two escrows. This was so appreciated and crucial to us being able to close. And beyond all that, he has a wonderful personality that kept us positive despite the inevitable twists and turns of house hunting. He was a pleasure to work with.
04/13/2015 - Heather Higham
Bought a home in 2015.
I know several realtors, and have worked with a couple in the past. Gary is an excellent negotiator, and his professionalism is impeccable. He is organized, and on top of every aspect of the buying/selling process. I especially appreciate that Gary has embraced the digital age. His incorporation of technology vastly sped up the whole process, and kept everyone on the same page. I feel confident that the FSBO house we just purchased wouldn't be ours if he hadn't been there to guide things.
04/13/2015 - Anthony Higham
Bought a home in 2015.
Gary represented us flawlessly, and ensured that the process continued to move forward whenever an issue came up. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
04/12/2015 - Zach Piscopo
Sold a home in 2015 in The Hills, TX.
Gary was great to work with and got my property sold quick. He always responded right away and kept me informed throughout the whole process. I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in northern Michigan.
10/20/2014 - aliciameldrum
Bought a home in 2014 in Bellaire, MI.
Gary , was great easy to talk with , and he really listened to our concerns and helped us make the best decision based on his advice. I used Gary to buy our home and I would use him to sell it also , his knowledge of the area is priceless. The best thing about him is he was well organized and efficient really made things work smoothly. I have had other experiences with Realtor's, they are no Gary. Hands down if you are a Buyer or A Seller Gary is the best !
Gary worked with us for over a year looking for a cottage. We live three hours away and he went above and beyond to send us videos or pictures and anything else we asked without having to make the drive. Do yourself a favor and hired Gary!!!
06/04/2014 - email@example.com
Bought a home in 2014 in Alden, MI.
My wife and I are extremely pleased with Gary and his professional staff at Paradise Properties. Gary worked hard throughout the whole process to keep us informed and relaxed. We would strongly recommend Gary and Paradise Properties. Karl Mikko.
02/27/2014 - Jim Lavely
Bought a home in 2014 in CT.
Gary goes above and beyond what you would expect from a RE agent. I purchased two homes from Gary, Gary treats the transactions as though he was purchasing then using due diligence. I intend to remain loyal to Gary in all future transactions Jim L
Found a tenant for a Single Family home in Elk Rapids, MI.
Several years ago Gary helped me sell my home and buy another home which he then helped me rent out this home successfully. He is very knowledgeable of all the processes and has always answered my questions as quickly as he can seeing that I live across country.
11/22/2013 - George
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $650K in Bellaire, MI.
Gary did an outstanding job helping my buy a house! From the first time I contacted him until the end of the transaction, and in reality beyond the transaction, it was a pleasure to deal with Gary. He is quick to respond, great at understanding the market and get a deal done! He also knows the details and little things to consider. I would use Gary and Paradise Properties again and again! Great experience!
Sold a home in 2013 in Rapid City, MI.
Gary is very knowledgable and answered all our questions. He always kept us informed so that we knew what to expect. He is truly an honest man and I would very much recommend him for any real estate services needed!
Bought a home in 2013 in Alden, MI.
Gary and his wife Jill are excellent. I would highly recommend using Paradise Properties! They are professional, trustworthy, informed, and very patient. We never felt any pressure, and truly enjoyed working with their company.
10/24/2013 - larry
Bought a home in 2013 in Elk Rapids, MI 49629.
These real estate professionals, Gary Scheitler and his Wife, Jill Scheitler, are absolutely top notch. - No kidding, they have my unqualified endorsement. These folks will hold your interests paramount at all times. They return phone calls and emails promptly with thoughtful responses and they always follow through. You could not do better than to have the Scheitlers represent you for your real estate needs. Sincerely, Larry Day, Attorney
Bought a home in 2013 in Alden, MI 49612.
Gary is the BEST!!!! He is unusual in that he really listens to his clients needs and wants. He helped us find the perfect property over a 3 year period. He is very organized, knowledgeable, and the deal completed on schedule with added stress to us. He continues to offer helpful advice as we settle into our new lake home and has become a good friend. HE GETS OUR HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
09/03/2013 - nancyandbrad
Gary worked with us for two years to find the perfect home for us. He was superlative in all respects, from finding the home, to negotiating and closing. His commitment to serving our needs 24/7 was outstanding. We could not recommend him more highly!
Bought a home in 2013 in MI.
I truly believe that my dream of owning a cottage on the Chain of Lakes came true in large part because Gary was my agent. I put him through the hoops of verifying and "making sure" because it was a big step for me. He was always friendly, responsive, and helpful. I am not sure any other agent would have done all the work he did to make me comfortable through the process. He never sold me, he educated me. I highly recommend Gary.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Bellaire, MI.
My husband and I contacted Gary, randomly, from an Internet website. We wanted to look at a few properties while on vacation at Clam/Torch Lake. Gary worked around our schedule and ended up helping us purchase a home on Clam Lake. We could never have imagined the great lengths Gary would go to for us. All the contacts and area knowledge he has is priceless. Since we live out of state, he was our eyes and ears on more than one occasion during inspections and just keeping a general eye on the property. Such a pleasant experience working with Gary. We think we have a friend for life! We would recommend Gary 200% to anyone seeking to buy, sell, or vacation rent in the Antrim County area.
07/12/2011 - Kraseys
Bought a home in 2009 in Clam River, Bellaire, MI 49615.
Dear Paradise Properties, We just wanted to take a minute and say thank you very much! My wife and I found your company on the internet by chance as we were looking to book a summer vacation on Torch Lake. On Jill's excellent recommendation, we booked a condo on Clam Lake for the third week of August 2009. The unit was spectacular, completely remodeled and very clean. Another goal of our vacation was to learn more about the area and begin looking for a vacation home. By the end of the week, we had narrowed our search down to Clam Lake for many reasons including its access to Torch Lake. As it turned out, we found a very nice cottage on a perfect lot. After returning home and doing much more research we decided to pursue the opportunity and started working with Gary on the details. Because we live six hours away the process was much different than other real-estate transactions we have been involved in. Gary's ideas, guidance and amazing follow through were second to none. At every turn or road block, Gary had the perfect solution or resource. Based on his tremendous experience and knowledge of the area the end result turned out great and we were able to accomplish a long term goal. I look forward to working with and referring Gary and Paradise Properties when ever possible. Thank You So Much! T & L W