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The Midwest is a beautiful place to spend the summer months. If you’re a snow enthusiast, the winter can be nice, too, but even those who hate cold temperatures have to admit that summer in Michigan is pretty perfect. I personally love hitting the beach during the summer months, whether it’s a Lake Michigan beach or one of our great inland water options.

As it turns out, one Michigan city is one of the best in the Midwest to own vacation property. According to the crew at GoBankingRates.com, this Michigan town is picturesque and a great place to purchase property for investment purposes.

“The Midwest isn’t often regarded as a vacation hotspot, even in terms of avid stateside travelers,” the publication states in the study. “While coastal cities tend to get all the attention, there’s plenty to offer in what are often regarded as flyover states. Known for warm summers and snow-covered winters, you’ll find plenty of year-round activities worth planning a trip for.”

They add, “Of course, with Midwest real estate prices that generally skew lower than average, owning a vacation property could prove to be a lucrative endeavor. After all, lots of these tourist-friendly hotspots draw in travelers 12 months out of the year, so it can provide some great additional income when you’re not taking time off. Here’s a look at eight of the overall best cities to invest in real estate in the Midwest.”

The Michigan city that GoBankingRates.com highlights as one of the best in the Midwest to own vacation property is Traverse Bay. “Another Great Lakes coastal area, this one is in the far north of Michigan,” they state. “The picturesque location offers everything from sandy beaches to snow-capped skiing in addition to all the usual lakefront activities you can imagine. It’s a collection of communities, including Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Charlevoix. Each offers its own unique charms and are located a few miles away from one another, giving potential buyers some options when looking for a vacation property.” Find the full list of Midwest cities here.

25 Michigan Counties With the Highest Property Taxes

  • 25 Michigan Counties With the Highest Property Tax

    This list is via H&R Block.

  • 25. Genesee

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,845
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.91%

    Genesee County Michigan

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  • 24. Jackson

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,819
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.51%

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  • 23. Isabella

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,898
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.48%

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  • 22. Monroe

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,975
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.32%

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  • 21. St. Clair

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,949
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.44%

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  • 20. Emmet

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,946
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.14%

    Emmet County, Northwest Michigan | Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Pellston

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  • 19. Calhoun

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,944
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.89%

    Calhoun County, MI

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  • 18. Van Buren

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,934
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.57%

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  • 17. Barry

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $1,903
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.30%

  • 16. Ingham

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,761
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 2.23%

  • 15. Livingston

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,681
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.23%

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  • 14. Kalamazoo

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,576
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.76%

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  • 13. Macomb

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,570
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.75%

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  • 12. Clinton

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,521
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.53%

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  • 11. Eaton

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,411
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.69%

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  • 10. Kent

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,385
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.55%

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  • 9. Wayne

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,359
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 2.55%

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  • 8. Ottawa

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,364
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.41%

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  • 7. Grand Traverse

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,348
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.28%

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  • 6. Midland

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,282
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.72%

  • 5. Leelanau

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,244
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 0.90%

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  • 4. Allegan

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,057
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.37%

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  • 3. Lenawee

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $2,011
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.61%

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  • 2. Oakland

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $3,429
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.63%

  • 1. Washtenaw

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $4,079
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.76%

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  • The county with the lowest average property tax in Michigan: Oscoda

    Median Annual Real property Tax Payment: $901
    Average Effective Real property Tax Rate: 1.08%

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