Why Wally Kidd?

Genuine, honest, up-front, personable, professional, knowledgeable. These are words that come to mind in our experience working with Wally Kidd over two years selling our Walloon Lake cottage. Wally is a very likable guy, it was a pleasure working with him and his excellent support staff. We would highly recommend using Wally Kidd for your real estate needs in northwest Michigan.

We have known and worked with Wally Kidd on both the buy side and sell side of Walloon Lake real estate. During our 40 years on Walloon, we can say without question, nobody knows this lake, what it has to offer and valuations, like Wally. Not only is he a professional in his field, but he is also a neighbor, friend and trusted advisor. We highly recommend talking to Wally if you ae ever interested in buying or selling on Walloon Lake.

Wally Kidd is a great advisor, realtor, and businessman. When we decided to make Northern Michigan our one and only home we knew that we were making one of our most important investment decisions ever. Wally worked closely and patiently with us for over two years until we found the right home on the shores of Lake Michigan in Bay Harbor. Wally worked tirelessly to close the transaction fairly for us and the seller. Wally then sold our Bay Harbor condominium with the same professionalism and diligence. We have moved and sold homes all over the U.S. more than we would like to count. Wally is the best relator we have worked with!

It was a hard decision for us to sell our Walloon Lake home, and we needed to work with someone who not only understood the Walloon Lake real estate market, but also understood the emotions that go into selling a longtime family home. We trusted Wally with this major decision in our life, and Wally delivered in every way. We highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home on beautiful Walloon.

In 1888, our family built a cottage on the shores of Walloon Lake. Almost 120 years later it was time for us to sell our cherished possession. After a lengthy interview process it became clear that there was only one realtor that could handle this important and emotional transaction for us...that was Wally Kidd. Finding a broker who we trusted was a must, finding one whose family has a similar, storied history on the lake was really unique. He clearly understood what it meant for my family to transfer the ownership of this cottage. He handled it beautifully. Wally was always professional and became a valued friend in the end. No one knows Walloon Lake like Wally!

Wally represented the whole picture of what we wanted in a real estate agent. A good businessman with careful attention to detail, great people instincts, and a great sense of humor. We loved spending time with him and knew that he understood the heart and soul of Walloon Lake. We were so impressed with the care he took to assure the transaction was a win-win for us and for the buyers. In the end, we never doubted our choice.

When we were deciding whom to represent our cottage we needed an agent who recognized the history of not only our property but also Walloon Lake in general. Without exception, Wally Kidd was the perfect agent. Not only is he a historian of Walloon Lake proper, but also he has a tremendous sense of the market and made sure both buyer and sellers were happy.


He had to deal with four family members with an equal vested interest in the sale of a house that had been in the family for sixty years, so there was also a strong emotional aspect to it that he had to navigate, and navigate he did.. splendidly. He aggressively marketed our property using various media platforms with national reach. He regularly kept all family members apprised on showings and really, truly listened to and took suggestions on the list price, staging of the house, and shots of the house used in the marketing materials.


He knows the market, inside and out. He has incredible contacts and it was through one of these contacts that led to the sale of the house. On a scale of one to five I would rate Wally a “10”.

We knew right away we wanted to work with Wally because he's the best. Everywhere we went in the Walloon Lake area people asked us if we had met Wally yet. From the second we sat down and laid out our dreams to him, he worked tirelessly to make it happen. We are no strangers to real estate, but the professionalism, honesty, genuine care & love of this area that Wally brings to every single transaction is unbeatable. For him it wasn't just 'finding us a house' it was hearing our dream, believing in it & making it happen. Not to mention he's a hoot in person, Wally is one of the greatest assets to this community & anyone who works alongside him, or becomes his client can call themselves lucky.

We recently moved to Northern Michigan and needed to start looking for a new home. We contacted Wally Kidd at Kidd & Leavy Real Estate Co. to help us with this process. Wally was great to work with, as was Emily, his assistant. The beginning of our search consisted of emails and phone calls. They were always prompt in responding to our requests and when we were ready to look at homes Wally always worked within our schedule. Wally is caring, honest, and knowledgeable about the community and the area. His team at Kidd & Leavy made our house buying process effortless.

We listed our house with Wally Kidd in February 2015. The house had been listed with two other realtors for four years and had rarely been shown. To say that we were getting discouraged was an understatement!

We were impressed with Wally from our first visit with him. His enthusiasm, ideas about how to list the house and information about the market was so impressive! Wally did an amazing job of advertising the house from the very start. He never stopped doing everything possible to market the house. Several friends in the area mentioned to me that they had never seen a house so frequently advertised in local media.

Consequently, the house sold just a few months later, even in a very poor market in our price and house size range. We were thrilled with all of the great work that Wally did in selling our house. We highly recommend him to anyone who wants a professional, dedicated and hardworking realtor!

We finally own it! I can not thank Wally and his team enough for all that they did. The entire Kidd & Leavy team was excellent to work with through out the entire process. On behalf of Citizens National Bank I want to thank you for helping make our newest location a reality.

In any business transaction, it comes down to attention to detail.  This was never more true than when we bought our new home on Walloon Lake. If it weren’t for Wally Kidd and his staff, we would not have found and purchased our dream home on the lake. The time that Wally spent with us and the time he spent behind the scenes making sure everything was properly handled, really made the difference to us! We loved working with Wally!

It has been a pleasure to work with Wally and his team over the years. His honest and straightforward approach is a rarity in today’s residential real estate market. Not only does he have a great command of the local real estate market, but he is extremely well established and well versed in the local community and its goings-on. He has proven to be a wealth of knowledge and an enormous help to us.

Wally is a lot more than our real estate broker. We consider him and his wife to be our friends. We look forward to enjoying our home on Walloon Lake and we have Wally to thank for it.

I want to thank Wally for all his assistance in my search for a house on Walloon Lake. I appreciate his patience to find the perfect place during the 2+ year search due to my specific criteria. We truly have bought our dream home and could not have done it without his expertise, diligence, and persistence. It was a privilege to work with Wally and his professional staff.

Wally gets it—he's part of the fabric of our community. But he brings so much more to the table. He knew how to market our home, and his staff was attentive and gracious. Wally is very smart and somewhat of a bulldog. That's a winning combination because you want someone who has the finesse and the tenacity to realizethe art of the deal. He did that and more. Wally genuinely cares for his clients. It's just his nature.

Wally Kidd's years of experience and knowledge of Walloon Lake really came into play while he guided us through selling and then purchasing another home on Walloon. His professionalism and customer service skills are impeccable. We appreciated his advice and marketing strategy which led to a quick, successful sale. We have no hesitation in recommending the professional service provided by Wally Kidd and his staff.

Wally was continually involved with us and was constantly keeping us aware of what he was doing with our home. He not only presented our home with wonderful advertising and marketing projects, he spent hours of his time at the house with open houses, showings and just visiting.

We weren’t just selling a house on a lot, we were selling a home in which we had a lifetime of memories. We wanted to work with someone who understood growing up and living on Walloon Lake, someone who had shared experiences of a family home on Walloon. We found that ideal person in Wally Kidd.

We had the privilege of working with Wally and his team when we recently sold our condominium in Boyne City. Wally was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was always accessible, never failed to return a phone call and made the whole process easy. We have been involved in many other real estate transactions over the years and our transaction with Wally was undoubtedly the smoothest. There were even a couple of times that we needed some quick reparations done and Wally instantly was able to reach out to his network of people and see to it that the jobs were accomplished expeditiously and professionally.


We would recommend Wally Kidd and his team to anybody who is looking for a competent, communicative realtor who in addition possesses a vast knowledge of the area. Four thumbs up, for sure.

I recently bought a condo on Walloon Lake from Wally Kidd at Kidd Leavy Real Estate. Wally was great to work with. He found me the perfect property and made the whole process go smoothly. I would definitely recommend Wally Kidd!