4 Recommendations for Sellers in This Unusual Market.

You may have placed your plans to sell on hold, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The local real estate market remains highly favorable for sellers, as pent up buyer demand remains intact, despite officially entering a recession. There is still time for you to make a profitable home sale this year, but there are some details to consider in order to keep your household and the public safe. Continue reading for some recommendations on how to have a successful sale in this unusual market. 1. Decide how you want to handle showings of your home. One route to take is… Read More

Future Home Buyers Will Likely Prioritize These Home Features, Because of Quarantine.

Being in quarantine and spending more time at home may have brought to light the features of your house you appreciate, and the qualities you wish it had. If you are planning to move this year, here are a few areas around the house to look for in your next home. Sufficient Storage. If you stocked up on groceries and other essential items, like toilet paper, you may have realized that your current home lacks adequate storage space. Home features, such as a large pantry, ample cabinets, and generous sized closets can come in handy for your stockpile needs. Upgraded… Read More

7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day During the Stay at Home Order.

Make the best of Mother’s Day while in quarantine. Here are some special ways to show love and help her enjoy her day. Schedule a virtual party or happy hour with the whole family. Plan a time to “get together” virtually and have a video chat with the whole family.   Send her an at home spa kit. Create your own spa gift box to send, complete with items such as bubble bath, candles, cozy socks, facial masks, lotion, a bottle of wine or bag of gourmet coffee.   Create a virtual photo slide show. Upload family photos and create… Read More

The Spring Real Estate Market and Covid-19

Solid first quarter of the year. The real estate market in Wisconsin had a solid first quarter of the year. Compared to Q1 in 2019, statewide: Home sales were up over 6.5%. Prices were up over 9%. The graphs below give insight to how the local real estate market performed. March Housing Stats. March racked up some impressive housing stats. Compared to the respective month last year, statewide: Home sales were up nearly 8%. Median prices were up over 12% to $207,500. Thanks to the severe shortage of homes for sale, last month was the first time the median home… Read More

New Ways of Selling or Purchasing a Home Amid the Days of COVID-19

  The COVID-19 pandemic has commanded change for many things, including the ways to purchase and sell a home safely. It is important to know that real estate is classified as an essential service, and that real estate firms, banks, and title companies will continue to operate, as they are considered essential businesses in Wisconsin. Fortunately, that means you will still likely be able to close on your home during this ambiguous period. We are learning that there are still many people that need to purchase or sell a home in the Oconomowoc area. Here is an overview of how… Read More

7 Ways to Support Your Local Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Crisis.

Although you can’t visit your favorite local boutiques and eateries like usual, there are still multiple ways you can help support small businesses during this challenging time. As always, make sure to do so safely, and follow all CDC precautions. 1. Shop Local (Online). With the Safer at Home order in full effect in Wisconsin, many small businesses have added an online shopping option to their website.   2. Order Curbside Pick-up or Delivery from Local Eateries. Support your local restaurants, cafes and bakeries and order curbside pickup or delivery. Downtown Oconomowoc now has designated parking zones for curbside pick-up… Read More