Contact Our Team


Kay and Daryl Hartzler -

Daryl was born, raised and has always lived in the Lakewood area.  Kay was born and raised in Kalamazoo and has lived in Lake Odessa since 1977.  Both were in education for many years and also operated Hartzlers' Charters and Tours, Inc. for 27 years.  In 2012 the Hartzlers connected with Patti once again and learned that Freshwater Properties was for sale.  After some discussion it was decided to become partners and purchase Freshwater Properties.  The Hartzlers feel it is an honor to be a part of Freshwater with Patti and the growing number of quality people, who are joining Freshwater, as it covers an enlarging area and has an increasing number of satisfied clients.

Patti Cook - Co-Owner & Broker

Cell: 616-260-6500

Patti Cook is the Broker and joint founder of Freshwater Properties.

Patti has been a lifelong resident of the Lakewood community and enjoys living and working in Lake Odessa! She has a passion for volunteering and assisting with community events. Patti is a member of the Lake Odessa Wellhead Protection Team. Patti’s uplifting attitude helps her team and clients bring their own positive energy into each unique experience. She is dedicated to working toward her team and clients’ best interests, giving them reassurance and faith that together they can (and will) overcome any and all challenges. With over 16 years of experience in real estate, Patti strives to create long term relationships based on trust, support and the ultimate in customer service.

“It brings great joy and satisfaction as I feel the dynamics change when my clients fall in love with their new home”. - Patti

The agency, Freshwater Properties, was established in 2008 and is a premier Real Estate company that is embedded in the quaint town of Lake Odessa. Freshwater Properties services Michigan, lake-shore to lake-shore, specializing in lakefront property. Patti leads a team of six outstanding agents that share the same passion for Real Estate.

Her top-notch team is strict to follow the code of ethics in all situations.

Patti received her Real Estate license in 2002, then went on to acquire her Broker’s license in 2012 from Holloway’s Real Estate Institute in Lansing. She completed the Master of Brokerage Principles in 2018, administered by the Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors in Grand Rapids, where she is a member.

Tawni Makley

Cell: 847-909-3029

Tawni Makley, a member of the Freshwater Properties team, brings boundless enthusiasm and energy to her role. She possesses an innate understanding and a keen awareness of people's needs and concerns during the Real Estate process. It is evident that Tawni loves her profession! She is trustworthy, well organized and is passionate about putting her clients first.

Tawni grew up in Woodland and graduated from Lakewood high school. She continues to reside in the Lakewood school district and has extensive knowledge in the community. Her deep roots date back to the early 19th century!

Tawni received her real estate license from Holloway's Real Estate Institute in Lansing, Michigan. She is a member of the Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors.

Tawni has developed a strong customer base already and her early success only solidifies her great future in the business. Her aspiration is to make Real Estate her lifelong ambition!

Valeri Neeb

Cell: 989-492-8911

Valeri Neeb began her exciting journey in Real Estate with Freshwater Properties in 2015. She believes that the formula for success is honesty, professionalism and a devoted commitment. Valeri strives to provide unparalleled service, experience and professional standards through every Real Estate transaction. She has notably proven to be a doting asset to the team!

"I understand how important and life changing the buying and selling process is to you and your family and I am dedicated to making it a smooth and successful venture."

Valeri resides in Lake Odessa with her husband Craig and their daughter Natalie. Among her numerous community involvements, Valeri is a Girl Scout leader and Service Unit Director for Lakewood. She also holds a board position as Secretary on the Lakewood Elementary PTO, and she is serving her first term as Board of Directors for the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

Valeri received her Realtor license through Holloways Real EstateInstitute of Lansing. She is a member of the Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors (GRAR) as well as the National Association of Realtor's (NAR).


Amber Zook

Cell: 616-427-7603

Amber Zook started her Real Estate career with Freshwater Properties in 2017. Amongst multiple other strong qualities, she illustrates integrity, honesty and professionalism in every detail of her Real Estate transactions. Amber’s enthusiasm for her profession and her strong work ethic ensure that her clients always get the best experience during the process of selling or purchasing their property. Amber is committed to going the extra mile to make certain that her clients’ real estate needs are always fulfilled.

Amber grew up in Saranac and graduated from Lakewood High School in 2012. She now resides in Woodland with her husband and daughter.

In 2017, Amber received her Associates of Science from Grand Rapids Community College as well as her Realtors License from Holloway’s Real Estate Institute of Lansing. She is a member of the Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors (GRAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).


Jeremiah Keeler

Cell: 616-322-1627

Jeremiah Keeler joined Freshwater Properties in 2018. He was raised in Saranac, MI and is a 2005 graduate of Saranac High School. He now resides in Gaines Township, MI (just south of Grand Rapids) with his wife and two children.

He is the sixth generation of his family dating back to the late 1840’s to be raised in real estate. Having much experience with the business, Jeremiah has a strong desire to fulfill his passion of serving individuals and families as they pursue the dream of homeownership. “To have the opportunity and ability to own real estate and to be a homeowner is an incredible achievement that I love to see people accomplish”.

Jeremiah received his real estate license through Holloway Institute of Real Estate in 2018 and he is a member of the Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors. He is also a member of the Michigan Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors.


Shane Bronson

Cell: 269-838-2046


Shane Bronson has been in the Real Estate business for over 20 years as a Realtor, Broker, Owner, Trainer, and Relocation Expert. In his last position he was responsible for the growth of Corporate Relocation at a large broker in Grand Rapids where he grew the business for over 10 years. He is also a certified real estate trainer with the State of Michigan and has trained thousands of agents on best practices in relocation and on  growing their businesses beyond just helping buyers and sellers in the market they cover. Shane is also heavily involved with the Relocation Directors Council, and Employee Relocation Council, which are national networks designed to grow corporate relocation business with Real Estate companies.


I would like to strongly encourage anyone who is looking to use a realtor to use Ms. Patti at Freshwater Properties. Ms. Patti is very professional and will go out of her way to help you to find your forever home. She is very knowledgeable in real estate transactions and will make your next purchase a very positive experience. I cannot express our gratitude. Thank you again.
— Tammy Huffman
A few years back during one of our parades in our small town, a nice lady once handed me her business card/magnet. I glanced at the material but didn’t give much thought about it before sticking it promptly onto my refrigerator.

Fast forward to late 2014 and my husband and I decided to put our home up for sale in hopes to find a larger home for our growing family. I went straight to the refrigerator and grabbed the card that nice lady gave me in passing. Turns out she owned Freshwater Properties in Lake Odessa, Michigan! Patti Cook handed over our sale (and in turn our new buy as well!) to her associate Tawni Kantner.

We ended up with Tawni’s gracious efforts, selling our home on the first day live on the MLS. If that doesn’t speak volumes for what Freshwater does, nothing will! We were stunned at the quick sale, and were in a hurry to find and put an offer in on a new home that met our criteria. Tawni went above and beyond to help us track down the perfect house for us. We are now just over 3 months into our new home and I still can’t believe we are here, and how easy the process went. I can’t tell Tawni how important she is to us; I truly don’t think this process would have been what it was without her.
— The Shettlers

Our Location

FreshWater Properties

911 4th Ave.
PO Box 633
Lake Odessa, MI 48849