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Spending time in Michigan has been an important part of our family’s lives for as long as I can remember. Natives of Chicago, my wife’s parents called Traverse City home for well over 30 years and back in 2000 the time was right for our growing family to stake a claim in the Mitten State. Jay White helped us find a property on site at Crystal Mountain and we were hooked on everything the area had to offer. 

Soon our growing family outgrew our first and second properties and it was time to find a place we could truly call our own; now with two grandchildren (another one the way) and four dogs. Little did we know that our ideal property was waiting for us on the third green of the Mountain Ridge golf course in the scenic Mountain Woods environment.

Jay was patient as we considered the numerous properties available – providing sound advice throughout the buying process. Jay knows what he’s doing and it shows. Beyond his knowledge of the housing market and buying process he is a professional who is looking out for your best interests. Jay takes care of his clients like family and ensures no stone is unturned to ensure complete satisfaction. I’d recommend Jay White’s counsel to anyone considering a home purchase in Northern Michigan.

–Greg & Katie Lestan

Every now and then we are all fortunate to meet a remarkably, good person! We had the good fortune to meet Jay White during the purchase of our first property at Crystal Mountain back in 1998. Being in a similar business, selling seasonal leisure products, sailboats, it was easy to recognize that we were working with a true professional that put our interests ahead of his, a real rarity in the sales world. After 5 years life got in the way of our time at Crystal, so we made the tough decision to have Jay sell our Wintergreen condo, another very well handled transaction. Our love of Crystal continued to bring us back year after year and we continued to drive Jay crazy with our, on again, off again interest in owning a place. Always the gentleman and professional Jay showed us places and kept us apprised of the market by e-mail.
We decided this past fall to jump off the bridge again and buy something, only to find out Jay left Crystal for his new venture, JUST THE WEEK BEFORE!!! We were crushed, to do business with anyone other than Jay was inconceivable. We attempted to purchase another property and on the very day the deal blew up we ran into Jay, talk about divine intervention! After a brief discussion we changed course and had a deal inked on a Bungalow. Per usual the deal went flawlessly, due to Jays good advice and steady hand steering the course, an absolute pleasure and we are thrilled to be back in the family at Crystal Mountain.
Thanks Jay !!!

–Bob & Patty Reed

It is with great confidence that we  would recommend Mr. Jay White to anyone considering a land or home purchase in Northern Michigan. Jay met and surpassed all our expectations as a buyer consultant as we began our journey to find our home in Northern Michigan. As we began our search, Jay met with us and took the time to carefully listen to our needs and wants in  our new home. As we continued the search  process, Jay maintained ongoing contact in order to help us refine our search and come upon the perfect home for us. His attention to detail helped us to keep the stars in our eyes  and our feet on the ground so that we were able to purchase the home that met our aesthetic, practical  and financial needs. 
However, Jay’s involvement did not end with the purchase. He has been an ongoing source of information on services,resources and referrals that are so necessary as one transitions from one location to another. 8 months after the final sale, Mr. White continues to make himself available to answer our questions and help us transition to up north living.
Thank You Jay for making all our dreams come true
With gratitude and respect

–Mary and Joe Kinzie

Our family had the opportunity to work with and be blessed by meeting Jay White in 2012 on the purchase of our vacation cottage in Northern Michigan.  He demonstrated impeccable honesty, integrity, organization and timeliness. Our entire transaction was executed smoothly from the first showing to final closing without any issues. Jay went out of his way to anticipate any challenges and resolve them, so our experience would be flawless. He knows his market and strives to understand his clientele so that he can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Our family has been able to enjoy numerous wonderful family vacations at our cottage as a result.  Along with gaining an exceptional agent in Jay – more importantly our family has gained a relationship with a great friend of outstanding character. Having done multiple real estate transactions over the past 25 years we can say that Jay, without exception is the best we have ever worked with, and we would readily choose to work with him again in the future.

–David, Lori, Rachel and Megan Westphal.

We have had the pleasure of working with Jay in three real estate transactions during the past 12 years. He helped us purchase our first cottage at Crystal Mountain. It was a great fit for our family and 12 years later when our needs changed we again worked with Jay to sell the cottage. 

In 2014 we again contacted Jay to help us narrow down a search for a second home. We wanted to compare several lakes and even town living options. Jay was thorough and patient as he tirelessly canvassed a large area for us. It didn’t take long and by August we were enjoying lake living in our new house.

As a professional realtor, Jay White is someone who knows the tricks of the trade and as a human being he is very courteous. Easy to talk to, good at listening to his clients, easily available, and at all times quick at returning our calls or to respond to our queries. Above all, Jay is one Real Estate Agent who makes it a point to help you meet your purpose rather just fulfilling his goals.

We strongly recommend Jay White for your real estate needs.

–Doug and Carole Maibach

My husband and I worked with Jay to find a home in Benzie county. Jay was very patient with us as our requirements changed (purchase with other family members, then not. Specific lake, etc). Jay was very proactive in finding and reviewing potential properties for us. Jay gladly answered any questions that we had about properties. Even after the sale Jay has been most helpful. Suggesting reliable contractors and allowing us to borrow a trailer to move property. We only wish that we knew someone looking for property in the area so that we could refer them to Jay.

–John & Theresa McSorley

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