Fifty percent of Harbor Shores's available real estate inventory has been sold. In numbers, Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., sold 28 of 56 home sites. These are positive signs of growth considering the Commerce Department data showing dip of 12.4 percent in national new home sales in July 2010.

Due to this encouraging sign, the property's developers are now planning to open Phase II of their cottage home neighborhood six months ahead of schedule.

Harbor Shores is Lake Michigan's first beach and golf resort community, just 100 miles east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/ St. Joseph, Mich. The resort community's main attraction is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. A press release from Harbor Shores stated that the 530-acre master-planned resort intends to host several events throughout the year. The resort has world-class amenities, including a marina village and riverwalk, town center with restaurants and shops, health and fitness center, deep-water marinas, a boutique hotel and spa, miles of recreational trails and rivers, and acres of parks and green space. Harbor Shores will eventually have about 800 homes, including charming cottages, custom homes, town homes and condominiums.  Current real estate opportunities include golf and riverfront home sites, riverfront cottages, and golf view custom homes.