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

7 ways to be a good neighbor on National Good Neighbor Day

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood… According to the National Good Neighbor Day website, “the spirit of a great neighborhood starts with good neighbors.” Here are 7 ways you can be a good neighbor:   Make your neighborhood a friendlier place simply by greeting or waving to your neighbors. It might inspire them to do the same.   Host a tailgate party at home and invite your neighbors over to watch the game. Go Badgers!   Invite your neighbors over for a cookout or bonfire.   Help out an older neighbor with a chore such as raking the lawn…. Read More

The hidden costs every buyer should know about buying a home

Besides the purchase price of a home, there are other significant expenses that buyers should be prepared for. From closing costs to expenditures associated with home ownership, here is a breakdown of some of the most common costs to buy and own a home. Closing Costs: Closing costs typically range from 2-5% of the purchase price and are due at the closing of a real estate transaction. To put it in perspective, the closing costs on a $200,000 home could cost from $4,000 to $10,000. These one-time fees may include: Appraisal Fee: Estimated value of a home by a professional…. Read More

6 Key Takeaways From the WRA’s June 2019 Home Sales Report

Historically, summer is the peak real estate season in Wisconsin. Although there were less WI home sales in June, median home prices increased significantly compared to the respective month last year. Here are some quick stats from the June 2019 Wisconsin REALTORS® Association’s Home Sales Report.   If you’re thinking about selling, now is an ideal time. Find out how much your home could sell for by requesting a complimentary comparative home market analysis.

Add value to your home by making these upgrades

When choosing what home improvements to complete, it is important to consider what upgrades will increase your home’s value and have the highest ROI when it comes time to sell. Here are 7 recommendations to make a better decision on where to spend your money. Finish your basement. A great way to add value to your home is to increase the amount of living space. A finished basement helps homes feel more spacious and can be used for a variety of purposes. Refinishing your basement will make your home more appealing to future home buyers that may need space for… Read More