This article was published in Progress 2013, a special section of the Vilas County News-Review and The Three Lakes News.
Miller and Associates LLC offers
over 30 years' experience in realty
Housed in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Three Lakes, Miller and Associates Realty LLC continues to offer a warm, friendly introduction to the North Woods.
The real estate firm, owned by Mike Miller, jumped into the new year with a renovation project at the office at 1769 Superior St. in Three Lakes.
"We are doing some remodeling, but still trying to honor the vintage look of the building," said Miller. "We added new paint and carpet throughout. We are sprucing it up without losing the coziness. We also selected lights and paneling for the entry area that are sort of vintage, with a bead board ceiling and old cafe lights."
The renovation project also includes updating the lighting, electrical and plumbing in the building, along with a new bathroom and kitchen fixtures and cabinets.
Miller has been a real estate broker for more than 30 years and is currently the leader in residential transactions for Three Lakes five years' running.
"Whether you are looking for hunting land, a place to retire in, or an investment opportunity, we can help you find your dream in the beautiful North Woods," said Miller.
An avid hunter and fisherman and former president of the Austin Hunting and Retriever Club, Miller values this area particularly for it access to wildlife and the variety of outdoor activities he enjoys.
"We live on the thoroughfare on the Chain, so we really enjoy the migration seasons up here," said Miller. "I enjoy helping people find that perfect hunting land or parcel for outdoor recreation."
Raised in a horse-loving family in Waukesha, Miller started to ride at the age of 5. He has trained and shown horses professionally in nearly every class, including roping. He competed in the 1978 and 1979 quarter-horse congress, was state champion in 4-H competition, and even went to the World Championship Show in 1993 where he placed in the top 15.
With his background in horses, Miller has extensive knowledge of animal husbandry, barn setups and horse properties.
Even as a youngster, Miller's business tenacity showed promise when he won the Milwaukee Area Junior Achievement (now FBLA) regional salesperson of the year award. This led to his first sales job at Hall Saddlery.
Later, Miller managed various Walmart stores and then worked in the company's corporate offices.
"I was well on my way to a career with that company when my father asked me to help my mother take real estate classes and get her license," he said. "The two of us studied together and passed the exams with flying colors."
The Miller real estate team went on to be top-selling agents in the Southern Region, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. His mother earned her place in the International Hall of Fame and Mike earned two "Centurion" awards and was managing broker of two Century 21 offices in Texas.
Miller's move to Three Lakes in . 1999 was truly like coming home. He has been an active member in the community, serving as a scout leader, president of the chamber of commerce for eight years and now sits as a town Plan Commissioner, working hard to ensure that Three Lakes remains a unique and attractive town.
Miller remains committed to helping people find their perfect place to start their northern Wisconsin dream.
"Whether you are looking for a great place to hunt, a quiet home in a friendly neighborhood, a spectacular view of the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes, or just a little information on the area, we can give you the help you need at Miller and Associates Realty," said Miller.
Miller also is a Wisconsin Homes representative, acting as the general contractor who transfers the home from the factory and coordinates all the needed contractors to make it a finished home on the chosen lot.
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