11 Things to do this Summer in Southeastern Wisconsin

Don’t fall prey to the summer blues-check out these 11 things to do! Summer is flying by this year, but before it’s over-be sure to get out there and enjoy Southeastern Wisconsin. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here are our recommendations on 11 things to do this summer in Southeastern Wisconsin. Go Berry Picking Taking advantage of the summer’s berry season is an absolute must. From strawberries to blackberries, the Wisconsin season for berries is here. The following are the typical seasons for berry picking in Wisconsin, although they are always subject to changes based on the good… Read More

Halloween Safety for Homeowners

Use led lights instead of candles for your jack-o-lanterns. Clear parked cars from the curb, for better visibility of trick-or-treaters crossing the road. Park your vehicles in garage or driveway and keep home well-lit after trick-or-treating. Halloween + full moon could = double the mischief! Be careful not to overload your outlets with decorations that could lead to an electrical fire. How to Minimize Risk When Handing Out Treats During Trick or Treating. If you don’t plan to ghost trick-or-treating this year… Give treats outdoors. Use individually bagged treats or Dixie cups. Buy prepackaged items. Wash hands before prepping goodies…. Read More

10 Eco-Friendly Projects to Do at Home

With the stay at home order extended another month in Wisconsin, you may find yourself looking for new projects to occupy your time. In honor of Earth Day, here is a list of eco-friendly projects you can do at home. 1. Cultivate a vegetable garden. Vegetable gardening is a great reason to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Growing your own produce means spending less at the grocery store, and you can re-grow many vegetables from kitchen scraps. If you are limited on space, building a raised garden bed may be a good option for you.   2. Start a… Read More

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…. Read More

6 Annual Winter Events in Oconomowoc Worth Attending

The German Christmas Market. Kick off the Christmas season by attending the much-loved event which takes place downtown Oconomowoc during Thanksgiving Weekend. The German Christmas Market celebrates Wisconsin’s hearty German community and promises that no matter if you are German or not, you will feel like you are. Enjoy unique shopping, authentic German cuisine, the indoor bier garten, live polka bands, and fun activities for the kids. You will also have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa. Visiting the German Christmas Market of Oconomowoc is a terrific way to get into the Christmas spirit!   Oconomowoc Kiwanis Christmas Parade. One of… Read More

7 Ideas and Tips to Throw a Fantastic Labor Day Cookout

Gather up your friends and family and host a Labor Day cookout in your backyard!  To ensure your summer bash is a hit, here are some ideas and tips to throw a terrific Labor Day party. Send out save the dates. Give your guests enough time to add your party into their busy summer schedules. Get your yard in shape. Trim the grass, set out flowerpots with colorful flowers, and clean the patio furniture. Keep it easy and plan ahead. Aim for an 80/20 mix of cold to hot food that you can prepare ahead of time to minimize last… Read More

June 2018 Real Estate Market Report

For the first 6 months of 2018, home sales were only 3.7% lower than the first half of last year, primarily due to having strong sales over the winter months according to the most recent market analysis from the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). Their analysis went on to report that the number of home sales were down nearly 12% in June compared to last June, however the median price of homes grew 5.4% over the same time frame. Low inventory of homes on the market has restricted the number of home sales and continues to influence the increase in home… Read More

How to Save For a Down Payment on a Home

To figure out how much you need to save for a down payment on a home, you first need to determine what you can realistically spend on a house. According to CNN Money, most lenders restrict your mortgage amount in order for your monthly housing payments, including property taxes and insurance, to not surpass 28% of your pre-tax monthly income. Aiming for a lower percentage such as 20% may be better if your income fluctuates. Other expenses as a homeowner to keep in mind are repairs, maintenance, utilities, and even home owner association fees if they apply. The second step… Read More

5 DIY Projects to Prep Your Home to Sell

Instead of focusing on major renovations that are expensive and time consuming, consider taking on a few inexpensive projects to make your home more appealing to potential buyers and help you sell. Improve Storage Space: Buyers will be interested in checking out the storage options in a home. Ways to make storage spaces appear larger include: Empty out half of your closets and add a closet organizer Remove junk in the garage and crawl spaces Add organizers in your cabinets Improve bathroom storage by adding additional cabinets or over-the-toilet storage Fresh Paint: A fresh coat of paint can easily make… Read More

4 Pricing Myths Every Seller Should Know

Myth #1: Pricing your property high equals a high return The potential revenue may be alluring but a buyer’s agent will likely know when a property is overpriced. Overpriced properties have a greater chance to sit on the market longer and can lead to future problems as Myth #2 describes. Listing at an appropriate price can lead to a quicker and easier sale which is especially beneficial if you’re purchasing a new home. Myth #2: It’s no big deal to lower the price later on an overpriced home Homes that stick around on the market and/or have had multiple price… Read More