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.
Meet Our Team
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 – Partner/Managing Broker
Cell: (269) 352-1381
David Kreager is a partner and managing broker of Michigan Lifestyle Properties, a full service real estate brokerage in southwest Michigan, which also does business as Gull Lake Realty. He is a leader in the marketing of lifestyle properties in Michigan, including waterfront property, log and country homes, horse properties, golf course homes and condos, historic homes, and others. The Michigan Lifestyle Properties websites, such as Michigan Lake Homes, Michigan Log Homes, Michigan Country Homes, and Michigan Horse Properties, are top-ranked in organic searches for a wide variety of search terms. David has 40 years of sales management, marketing and real estate development experience. The majority of his professional career was spent in the financial services industry, with American Express Financial Corporation. He has represented properties for sale all over Michigan, and enjoys the creative process required by special and unique properties. David grew up in the Detroit area, attended Michigan State University, and lives with his wife on Lake Michigan, just north of South Haven.
Ryan Johnson – Partner/Associate Broker
Cell: (269) 720-1345
Ryan is a native of the Gull Lake community, in Richland, Michigan. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1999, with a Natural Resource degree in Commercial Recreation & Tourism. He started his real estate career 20 years ago, co-founding a Lansing-based real estate appraisal company where he actively appraised both residential and agricultural type properties, with an emphasis on partial interest, full narrative appraisals, for local units of government, government agencies, private landowners and conservation groups. Ryan is a licensed Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser & Real Estate Broker. He has been actively selling real estate since 2012. He partnered with founder David Kreager in 2020, with whom he is a partner in Gull Lake Realty & Michigan Lifestyle Properties. Ryan represents properties all over the State of Michigan, assisting buyers and sellers with a variety of property types including, residential, land & farm, lakefront and country estates. Ryan and his wife and 3 children currently live on Gull Lake.
Kelley Blacken, ABR®, Realtor®
Kelley Blacken has been passionate about real estate since working in the property management industry. She also owned an advertising firm that provided a tool for property management companies to reach potential renters in the greater Kalamazoo area. Kelley always knew that she wanted to help others and found her true calling in real estate serving her clients and guiding them through one of the biggest investments of their lives. Over the past 15 plus years, Kelley has been involved in the sales and marketing of several lifestyle properties such as Lakefront, Equine, Country, Log & Farm properties and belongs in the United Country Pinnacle Club for volume of sales each year. In her spare time Kelley enjoys the arts, volunteering at her church & in the community, reading, Pickleball, Kayaking & visiting family in Tucson. Kelley feels incredibly blessed to work with amazing clients who become her friends and a strong part of her network.
Stephen ‘Reno’ Campbell – Realtor®
Cell: (269) 760-3383
I have lived on or around Gull Lake all my life. Being a member of Gull Lake Country Club for over 40 Years has been a contributing factor that led me to real estate. I have been enjoying this for the past 16 years. I have sold several homes ranging from $700,000 to $2,500,000. The most satisfying part is making new friends by selling or listing their homes. I know the lake as well as anyone and can promise you we’ll have fun.
Geoff Cripe, Realtor®
Cell: (269) 483-6439
Geoffrey Cripe joined United Country’s staff of Michigan agents in 2015 and brings 11 years of experience as a specialist working with large acreage property owners brokering conveyances, land contracts and conservation instruments. Geoffrey 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. After several years employed in land use planning, Geoffrey pivoted to a career in land conservation working with landowners to help them protect land and evaluating land from a natural resource perspective. In this capacity, Geoffrey has met with hundreds of large acreage landowners across southern Michigan and has an intimate knowledge of the territory. In recent years, he has focused on listing naturally significant properties to seek buyers in specialized markets and connect parties who share similar values. Geoff resides in south central Michigan with his wife Sarah and son Lyndon.
Don Fulton, Realtor®
Cell: (269) 208-1976
Your Go2 Realtor, Don Fulton’s #1 goal is to make every client a client for life. As a successful, full-time Realtor, he has extensive knowledge of the Southwest Michigan market and has seen the ups and downs of the market for the past 26 years. Don’s background in business provides a strong foundation to properly evaluate market conditions and determine the best course of action for both buyers and sellers. Don’s marketing includes using aerial drone video and photos, 3-D virtual tours, professional photography and target marketing. Don acts as an advocate for his clients and takes the trust they place in him very seriously. Clients receive added value at every turn, including his strong negotiating skills, which delivers better outcomes on both sides of the table. As a result of his professionalism and high quality service, Don maintains a strong referral base. Clients receive an exceptional level of personal attention, including consistent communication on marketing activities with sellers, and status updates with buyers. In addition, Don’s network of long-standing relationships with service providers, such as home inspectors and mortgage brokers provides additional value for clients. Don is a member of the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, and he places a high priority on giving back to his community.
Val Fulton – Realtor®
Cell: (269) 369-8757
Hi, I’m Valerie!
As a St. Joseph Michigan native, and having owned a successful cleaning business for 25 years, I realized I wanted more, so I decied to change direction in my career, and teamed up with my husband as the Fulton Team to sell SW Michigan real estate.
I have always had a desire to help others, and I’m very passionate as it relates to workin with my clients to address their needs. Given my background in owning a successful business, where serving customer was our primary focus, I’ve had instilled in me the discipline it takes to build and be part of a great real estate team.
You can count on me to be reliable, genuine and focused through the entire process of buying and selling your real estate.
Make Team Fulton your ‘go to’ Realtors!
Jenni Hoeksema – Realtor®
Cell: (269) 217-9550
A native Michigander, Jenni is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Business degree that includes an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Journalism. Jenni started her working career as the Small Business/Marketing Director for both the Ypsilanti and Battle Creek Chamber of Commerces. Jenni and her husband have lived in southwest Michigan for almost 38 years, where they raised three children, all graduates of Gull Lake High School. Jenni is very community-focused, having devoted time and energy to a wide variety of organizations, including the Gull Lake Community Schools, the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Cat Nap Lodge among others. She is an experienced Realtor®, and is very well qualified to work with both buyers and sellers of a variety of property types, including Gull Lake executive homes, Gull Lake and other lakefront homes, country homes, and other residential properties. Jenni is very good at coordinating the Buy/Sell experience. She has worked in Real Estate for over 25 years and is an excellent communicator. She will make sure the transaction stays on track and on time! Jenni enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, bird watching/feeding (nature), photography, being outside and traveling.
Will Howson – Associate Broker
Cell: (269) 615-5660
Will Howson grew up on a smallholding of 20 acres in Woodnesborough, England. When most teenagers were playing video games he was outside cleaning out a chicken coup or being chased by a bull. The early experience helped inspire a love of animals & land. These days Will Howson’s favorite activities include exploring Gull Lake on a paddleboard or kayak, being active in the local business community, and volunteering time to charitable causes in Kalamazoo.
Will Howson loves southwest Michigan and all it has to offer! From a log cabin on a trout stream to a luxury home on Gull Lake to 10 acres of hunting land, there is something magical for everyone’s budget. Grab your slice of Pure Michigan, and live your freedom. Our office is strategically placed on Gull Lake, Michigan. One of the State’s finest all sports lakes with a yacht club, country club, public access, and multiple mariners. There are a variety of All Sports Lakes, public/private Golf Resorts, Country Homes, and Equine Properties.
Will Howson enjoys helping find the financial freedom that real estate investing can bring families. It can be one of the fastest ways to build wealth through equity and positive cash flow. It also an excellent hedge against inflation especially when combined with favorable financing terms. Will Howson has been actively renovating and managing residential rental properties since 2014. He has rental properties in Milwood, Eastwood, and West Douglas Neighborhoods. He can help landlords manage their portfolio and give access to my network of contractors to those who choose to self manage.
Let’s meet to get coffee and discuss real estate anytime. Reach me at 269 615 5660
Evan Kreager – Realtor®
Cell: (269) 217-0507
With a passion that grows year after year for everything the coastline and countryside of southwest Michigan have to offer, and a desire to share that interest and help others reach their lifestyle goals and dreams, Evan is a natural fit to be your dedicated Realtor for buying and selling lifestyle properties in Berrien County and beyond.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Science Journalism, focusing primarily on the Great Lakes Watershed, Evan went back to school to study Brewing Technology. He spent the beginning of his professional career brewing beer in Ohio and Michigan, following product from farm to table, grain to glass, and meeting a lot of cool people along the way; fruit farmers, cattle farmers, hop growers, vintners, artists, musicians, chefs, maltsters, and distillers, just to name a few, all right here in southwest Michigan, utilizing the unique and wonderful resources that the area has to offer.
Evan can help you buy or sell your real property, no matter what stage of life you find yourself. Whether it’s your first real estate transaction or you’re a well-seasoned investor, a home on a vineyard or a luxury lake home, Evan can do it all and is eager to help you find what it is you’re looking for.
When Evan isn’t busy selling real estate, you’re likely to find him in one of a few places: The kitchen, where he’s likely working on a new recipe or fermentation project, or tasting through any number of delicious foods or beverages; with friends and family, enjoying the beach or a hike, live music or bonfire; or travelling – whether that be within the mitten-shaped border of the Great Lakes state, hiking through parts of Appalachia or the American southwest, or exploring outside the boundaries of the U.S.
Whether it be a waterfront vacation home, a log cabin in the country, a wooded recreational property, a commercial property, or a hop farm, Evan would love to help you achieve your real estate goals and dreams.
Emily Wilke – Realtor®
Cell: (269) 615-4572
Emily is a Michigan native and grew up on Grosse Ile. She has a passion for land conservation that has matured from building forts in the woods as a girl, to assisting in the conservation of over 7,000 acres across southwest Michigan. Emily received a B.S. from Calvin College, majoring in biology with an environmental studies minor. She received an M.S. from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources that focused on ecosystem management with an emphasis in conservation. Emily worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service both in Colorado and at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge before starting her career with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy. For the last 15 years, Emily has enjoyed helping people conserve their land and stewarding the land already conserved. Emily, her husband Brook, and their 3 children reside on a small farm in Barry County. When she is not driving the kids to soccer, she enjoys reading, baking, and going for long walks with her dog
Hope Hill – Virtual Office Assistant
Becoming familiar with the real estate world at a young age, Hope Hill has worked closely with agents, brokers, and title companies for most of her career. As a Virtual Office Assistant in Kansas City, MO, she will use her real estate marketing, and sales backgrounds to help brokerages all over the country. Hope will be assisting brokerages with social media marketing, search engine optimization, website organization, and other brokerage specific tasks.
With previous experience in Social Media Marketing, she is savvy in the tech industry and understands the demand of Social Media Marketing to grow businesses. Understanding the needs of agents and brokerages in the Social Media Marketing industry is her strong suit.
As a native to the Greater Kansas City area, Hope has traveled, lived, and experienced many different parts of the country. Born and raised in Olathe, KS, she has set down roots in North Kansas City. During her free time, Hope enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and photography.
Keith Buys – Realtor®
Cell: (616) 617-9533
Keith enjoys a rural lifestyle with honey bees, a lavender farm, fruit trees, and a maple syrup operation. With training in building log homes and lots of outdoor experience, his excitement for lifestyle properties and learning to homestead is contagious. He loves helping you look for that perfect property that will answer your dreams and propel your vision forward.
Keith’s varied experience in business ownership from a Hardware Store, to Marketing Agency, to Technical Service company lends to a full range of understanding and evaluation skills that serve in marketing your property or in helping you to evaluate purchase opportunities. With strong negotiation skills, a passion for excellent service and a love of the outdoors you are in good hands as you move through these important life decisions.