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8 Recommendations for First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is exciting but also a big decision. Check out these recommendations to help prepare you for buying your first home. Set a goal amount for your down payment and track your progress. A healthy down payment is 20% of the purchase price but some first-time home buyer programs accept as little as 3.5% of the purchase price if you meet the eligibility requirements. Set a goal amount and track your savings for a down payment to visually see your progress which will help motivate you. Get your credit in shape Although there are loan programs that...
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Total home sales in 2018 came in just short of 201...

Statewide, the total number of home sales in 2018 came in just short of 2017’s record year for home sales, down 2.2% as announced in the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association’s (WRA) December Home Sales Report. Sellers have had the advantage in most real estate markets across the state due to low supply of homes for sale. The association’s report revealed that it is a strong Sellers’ market for homes selling below $350,000, which had inventory levels of only 2.9 to 4 months of supply last year. Having 6 months of supply indicates a balanced housing market.  Homes priced between $350,000 and under $500,000...
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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home This Winter Before Sel...

Winter in Wisconsin is well underway but each day, the long nights are gradually getting shorter reminding us that Spring is on its way. For most real estate markets, the spring season is when it starts to get busier with new homes listed and more buyers in the marketplace. The Oconomowoc real estate market is certainly no exception. You may have been thinking about downsizing or capitalizing on the low inventory of homes for sale in Oconomowoc and the surrounding areas. If you’re considering selling your home in 2019, winter is the time to begin preparing your home before it...
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Ideal Home Features to have for Hosting Guests

If you love to entertain or often host holiday parties, check out our list of some of the best home features to look for when purchasing or renovating your home. Inviting and Functional Entryway. Since your entryway is the first room of the home guests will see, having it inviting but functional is key. The space should provide a place for guests to hang their coats such as on a coat rack or in a coat closet. Adding a bench is also a nice element for people to set things down on or sit and take off their shoes if needed....
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