4 Things to Know About Buying or Selling Real Estate in 2020.

Spring is just a couple of months away, and soon the spring real estate market will be in full swing once again. Have you been considering making 2020 the year to downsize, trade up, or buy your first or next home? If so, there are things you can do now to remain competitive in another anticipated, lively real estate season. Continue reading to learn how you can prepare to reach your home buying or selling objectives this year. Thinking about selling? Plan ahead to help reduce your stress, and make the home selling process much easier on you and your… Read More

Aerial Photography As a Marketing Tool

Aerial photography from a drone can be a great marketing tool to sell your property, if you have a unique setting or desirable location for instance. Here are some great examples of aerial photography from our archive. Woods and Water Retreat in Ixonia. The aerial photo shows this special property’s gorgeous vistas over the countryside and rivers running through it.   Hilltop Home on Nearly 7 Acres in Rubicon. The shot below shows the privacy this hilltop home offers as it is located on nearly 7 wooded acres. View the full listing HERE.   Unique piece of land for sale… Read More

Conquer 2020. Tips to Achieve your New Year’s Home Resolution.

As 2019 comes to a close, it is a great time to start creating goals for the new year and fresh decade ahead. Your new year’s resolution may include buying your first home, or perhaps selling your existing home to buy your next. Your real estate ambitions may seem overwhelming, but are achievable if you stay organized and keep your finances on track. Here are some advisable tips to put you on a clear path to achieve your home ownership resolutions. Get a head start on your Buying Objectives. Assess your finances and examine your budget. – Determine how much… Read More

Winter events and festivities in Oconomowoc and Lake Country Area

Please note, event information provided is believed to be accurate and reliable but is not guaranteed and subject to change. Please make sure to verify dates/times for the corresponding event. OCONOMOWOC WINTER FARMERS MARKET Every Sunday through March 15, 2020 (Except Dec. 29 and Jan. 19) The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market takes place in Oconomowoc High School’s main cafeteria from 9 AM-1 PM. Shop for meats, micro greens, bake goods, soaps, honey and more.   COUNTRY CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY 5 PM daily through December 31, 2019 Annually, the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee transforms into a winter wonderland called… Read More

10 Helpful Tips to Protect Your Home (and Wallet) this Winter

While you may not have been able to complete your fall clean-up before the first snowfall, it is not too late to protect your home and wallet from the harsh winter elements. Here are some helpful tips to help safeguard your home and money during the winter season. Use insulation sleeves to wrap water pipes in your basement, crawl spaces, and unheated areas of your home to prevent the pipes from freezing and breaking. Wrap an insulating blanket around your hot water heater to conserve energy. Move furniture away from heating vents to help heat rooms more efficiently. Use indoor… Read More

Southeast WI had the highest growth in home sales and weakest inventory in the state.

In Southeast Wisconsin, homes sales improved 5.7% over the past year, according to the most recent home sales report by the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). The southeast region had the highest sales growth in the state, and the weakest inventory of homes for sale over the same time period. Housing inventory in the region stood at merely 3.7 months of supply over the last 12 months, which indicates a strong Seller’s market prevailed in the local area. Statewide, housing inventory had 4.6 months of supply over the respective time frame. According to the WRA’s report, the statewide average days on… Read More

Little-Known Ways to Make Your Home Feel Warm, Cozy and Inviting

The cool weather is upon us making now a wonderful time to embrace the colder seasons by transitioning the interior of your home. Making your home feel warm, cozy, and inviting is a perfect way to create buyer appeal. Here are some little-known ways to add comfort to your home easily, and without breaking the bank.   Warm-Toned Metals. Incorporating warm-toned metals throughout your home can add warmth. These metals include copper, rose gold, brass, and bronze which have had quite a comeback in recent years. Picture frames, mirrors, home décor, kitchen and bath fixtures, lighting and furniture are all… Read More

4 Considerations to Ease Your Fear of Buying Your First or Next Home in Today’s Market

Mortgage rates are historically low right now. Mortgage rates in Oconomowoc go along with the national level trends. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate as of October 10 of this year stood at 3.77%, according to Bankrate’s latest survey of the largest mortgage lenders in the country. The highest recorded rate for the same type of loan was 18.44% in October of 1981. Mortgage rates have fluctuated over time as the graph via Freddie Mac shows below, but as you can conclude, rates remain low by historic standards.   Tailored mortgage programs & down payment assistance. Whether you’re buying your… Read More

New report reveals home prices appreciated at triple the rate of inflation in September.

The new Home Sales Report, released by the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA), revealed that the rate at which home prices appreciated, was more than triple the rate of inflation, in September. Comparing the first three quarters of this year to the same period in 2018, median home prices increased over 7% in Waukesha County, as you can see in the chart below. The low inventory of homes for sale and persistent buyer demand has fueled home prices to rise at a much faster rate than the rate of inflation in Wisconsin. September housing stats helped end the third quarter of… Read More

9 Home Features Empty Nesters Should Consider Having

Now that all of your kids flew the nest and beginning the next chapter of their lives, it’s time for you to start the next exciting chapter of yours. By “rightsizing” your home, you could save time and money that could be better spent on things such as traveling, hobbies, and your retirement fund. After all, bigger houses tend to mean more expenses and maintenance. If you are an Empty Nester and have been considering finding a new home to settle down for retirement, one that you could age in place, here are some things to consider:  Ranch style home… Read More