About Us

Live Local Realty was formed in April 2013 by John Dinehart, Laurie Palmer, and Maria Blackmer. Combined, we have over 45 years of experience in selling real estate in Ionia County. In addition, we are all lifelong residents of the area. We were all raised here, graduated from Ionia High School and returned to raise our own families in Ionia. To say we know the area is an understatement!

Live Local Realty was born on a dream of creating a small “boutique” real estate firm that gets back to the basics of real estate with an emphasis on personal interaction and care.

  • Strong knowledge of area
  • Creative and consistent marketing
  • Great customer service
  • Frequent community involvement
  • Group marketing available

In addition, we will be donating 3% of each commission back to a local charity of our clients’ choice! Thus, our motto:


Live Local, Sell Local, Give Local!!