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Dave Carlson


Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent

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Northern Michigan engages and captivates us all on so many levels; whether you are looking to purchase that special place to create a lifetime of memories on a year round or seasonal basis, or grudgingly selling and moving on, please give Dave a call.

About Dave

Dave grew up in Northern Michigan, and has spent the majority of his years exploring the many pristine lakes and rivers, wooded hills, warm neighborhoods, and lively downtowns in this area. After graduating from Petoskey High School, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. While in the Marines, serving both in the DC area and at the Presidential Retreat Camp David, Dave had the duty and honor of protecting the President, Vice-President, Secretary of State, foreign heads-of-state, and various others.

After the Marine Corps, Dave returned to Michigan to attend Hillsdale College. He graduated with degrees in Political Economics and English Literature, some of which were earned while studying overseas at Oxford University in the UK. Dave next attended Michigan State University, where he taught classes in film and literature and received his masters degree.

Returning to Northern Michigan, Dave married Deb Denton, also of Petoskey, who is a busy doctor of optometry in a thriving medical practice in Petoskey. Shortly after coming home to Petoskey, they purchased the downtown institution of a gift store, Toad Hall.

Dave increased his involvement in the region when appointed by Petoskey's city council to serve on Petoskey's Downtown Management Board/Downtown Development Authority. He serves as well on various related committees, to include the city's Economic Enhancement Committee. Dave has been active in the Lions Club of Petoskey, where he has been on the executive committee and held the office of treasurer for years. After closing Toad Hall, Dave followed his interest in real estate to Kidd & Leavy Real Estate, the top-selling firm in the area.

Dave and Deb have two children, and together the Carlsons enjoy all that makes Northern Michigan such a magical place to live and raise a family.

They love visiting and revisiting all the small towns and shops in the area, attending a local church, playing at the many playgrounds, scouring the libraries and bookstores for new finds, exploring the shorelines and swimming the lakes; they can frequently be found on the bike trails, ski hills, or hiking the acres and acres of conservancy land in the area.

Dave's in-depth knowledge of the area is a valuable asset as he works with his clients to buy or sell their Northern Michigan home or land. Whether you are looking to come home as well, establish a new home to raise your family, or buy your share of sunrises, sunsets, beaches, and up north friendships, Dave can help you make that dream come true.

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    - Highly likely to recommend
    12/17/2012 - user2944120
    Sold a home in 2012.
    Dave was quick to answer my messages and I was impressed with his experience knowledge. I chose to go with a boutiuqe home owned agency as I find they are more in "tune" and easily communication to the seller. Dave managed to market and promote the listing property and communication was by email as there was a distance between us.

    Thanking Dave and his support team on a job well done!!! PC
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    - Highly likely to recommend
    12/11/2012 - user9118802
    Bought a Single Family home in 2012 in Charlevoix, MI.
    My husband Dan and I recently had the pleasure of working with Dave Carlson of Kidd & Leavy Real Estate. We were relocating from California to my husband's hometown of Charlevoix, MI. We originally met Dave on-line and his responsiveness and courteousness convinced us to choose him over other on-line realtor contacts. We definitely made the right choice. We met Dave for the first time when we flew out from California on a house-hunting trip. His pleasant, positive demeanor put us at ease right from the start. With only a three-day window to find a house, Dave arranged for us to see approximately twenty houses. He made the daunting task of finding a house on such short notice a fun experience. We found a great house and moved in a few weeks ago. Thank you Dave for all your great service and patience!  MoreLess
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    - Highly likely to recommend
    12/07/2012 - user61932137
    Bought a home in 2012.
    My wife and I needed a realtor to help us find a house remotely as we live in FL and wanted to buy a house in MI. We feel we were very fortunate to have chosen Dave Carlson. Not only did he handle the usual real estate transaction items professionally and flawlessly, Dave went over and beyond what we expected. Dave spent countless hours visiting properties, sending us photos and movies, doing research we could not possibly have done ourselves as well as always being there when we called with our endless questions. We highly recommend Dave if you want a knowledgeable professional that knows the area and will happily go the extra mile (or miles!) for you.  MoreLess
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    Dave Carlson
    Kidd & Leavy Real Estate
    325 East Lake Street
    Petoskey, MI  49770
    (231) 714-9359
    (231) 714-4996
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