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Target Market Analyses

The Northwest Michigan Target Market Analysis, conducted by market analyst LandUse USA and coordinated by Networks Northwest and Housing North, shows the potential demand for new units in each county, city, and village in Northwest Lower Michigan through 2025.

2020 Target Market Analysis Fact Sheets:

Ten County Summary - Northwest Michigan Region Residential TMA Fact Sheet

Antrim County Kalkaska County
Benzie County Leelanau County
Charlevoix County Manistee County
Emmet County Missaukee County
Grand Traverse County Wexford County

2020 Target Market Analysis:

Ten County Summary - Northwest Michigan Region Residential TMA

Antrim County Kalkaska County
Benzie County Leelanau County
Charlevoix County Manistee County
Emmet County Missaukee County
Grand Traverse County Wexford County

Housing Inventories

Housing reports were prepared in 2013 and 2014 by Networks Northwest for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties to provide the information foundation for a regional housing strategy, an element of the Framework for Our Future. The inventories, provided below, provide an overview of housing affordability, type, and condition, as well as information on related factors such as energy and transportation costs, vacancies and foreclosures, and homelessness.


Antrim County Housing Inventory

Benzie County Housing Inventory

Charlevoix County Housing Inventory


Emmet County Housing Inventory

Kalkaska County Housing Inventory

Leelanau County Housing Inventory


Manistee County Housing Inventory

Missaukee County Housing Inventory

Wexford County Housing Inventory


The Grand Traverse County Housing Inventory, and the Grand Traverse County Housing Strategy, were completed with assistance from Networks Northwest, formerly Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, in 2012 and 2013, and are available below. 

Grand Traverse County Housing Inventory

Grand Traverse County Housing Strategy


Short Term Rentals Info Session

On May 16, 2018, Networks Northwest hosted an info session on short term rentals. Materials from the events are below.

Short Term Rentals Intro (PDF)
Ulrik Binzer Presentation (PDF)

Housing Affordability Strategies & Resources: Best Practice Guides for Northwest Michigan

Housing Affordability Strategies and Resources is a series of best-practice resources that summarize proactive housing policies and programs that could be effective in Northwest Michigan. Taken singly, these strategies won’t act as stand-alone solutions; but they can be a valuable set of tools for local officials, planners, businesses, developers, nonprofits, and the public as they work together to improve the supply of affordable housing in their communities. 


Housing Choices for Northwest Michigan

Accessory Dwelling Units

Cottage Zoning

Employer Assisted Housing

Housing Trust Funds

Inclusionary Incentive Zoning


Land Bank Authorities


Zoning for Housing Affordability

Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest
- Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner