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May 15, 2019

Weekend Events

This Weekend in Wisconsin: SYTTENDE MAI RUN/WALK, 

FESTIVAL OF SPRING, and ART WALK MIDDLETON!

 

SYTTENDE MAI RUN/WALK

 

Capitol Square

Madison, WI 53703

Information: 608-873-7912

Event Date Detail

May 18, 2019. 20 mile run begins at 7:30am; 10 mile run begins at 8am; 17 mile walk begins with a rolling start at 6-7am. 

 

Event details

Run a 20-mile race from Madison to Stoughton, or enjoy a 17-mile non-competitive walk or 10-mile competitive run. Held in conjunction with the city's Syttende Mai celebration.

Check out more events in Wisconsin.

 

May 17, Art on the Town, Appleton

May 16-18, Wausau MDA Charity Ride-Powered by Harley, Rothschild

May 17-18, Driftless Outdoors Show, Onalaska

May 17-18, Fishing Has no Boundaries-Hayward, Hayward

May 17-18, Rummage Around the River, Ferryville

May 18, Algoma Annual Car Show, Algoma

May 18, Amherst Quilt, Craft & Amish Furniture Collection, Amherst

May 18, Art Walk, Middleton

May 18, Bird, Breakfast & Migrate Celebration, Two Rivers

May 18, East Troy Electric Railroad Dinner Trains, East Troy

May 18, Farm to Trail Open Houses, Clayton

May 18, Ferret Fiesta, West Bend

May 18, Festival of Spring, Oshkosh

May 18, Fiesta Latina, West Bend

May 18, Fishing with the Stars, St Germain

May 18, Highground Helicopter & Military Vehicle Expo, Neillsville

May 18, Legacy Stone Placement, Neillsville

May 18, NPC Milwaukee Muscle Madness, Waukesha

May 18, Rock River Wine Walk, Janesville

May 18, Summer Series Cruise-In Car Show, Chippewa Falls

May 18, Syttende Mai Run/Walk, Madison

May 17-19, Wisconsin State Polka Festival, Milwaukee

May 18-19, Automotion Classic Car Show, Wisconsin Dells

May 18-19, Blossom Fest at Apple Holler, Sturtevant

May 18-19, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, Wauwatosa

May 18-19, Westby Syttende Mai Festival, Westby

May 19, Elkhorn Antique Flea Market, Elkhorn

May 19, Locust Street Classic Car & Custom Motorcycle Show, Hudson

May 19, Taste of the Northwoods, Mercer

Posted in Community Events
May 14, 2019

Determining Paint Color

 

Deciding what color to paint your home is a big deal! You live there every day, so you are going to want to pick a color you will love. That may sound like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to follow to make sure you pick the right paint color for your home.

Don’t Start with The Paint Color

That may sound like an odd tip when trying to decide what color you want to paint your home. There are a few things to think through before you dive into color options. Unless you are planning on refurnishing your home you will want to pick a color that goes well with your furniture. Your home décor is also important to keep in mind.

Look for Inspiration

It may be challenging to envision in your head what colors will look best so start by looking for inspiration! You can do a simple image search on the internet to see how other people have painted their homes. You can then compare your findings and narrow down a list depending on the colors and styles that you love the most.

Pick a Color from Your Favorite Piece of Art

If you are hanging a piece of art in your home, it is most likely because something is drawing you to it. That something likely has something to do with the colors on the art piece. This is a great way to find the perfect color for you!

 Pick More than One Color

If you like the idea of having the same color flow throughout your home that is completely fine. It’s probably the easier choice. However, if you want the vibe of your home to vary from room to room then you may want to select multiple paint colors depending on what you want the mood of each room to be. You could select one color and use darker or lighter variations for different areas of your house depending on the lighting each room gets.

Sample Your Colors Before Choosing

This one may seem obvious, but it needed to be said. If you are going to change the entire interior color of your home and buy gallons and gallons of paint, you want to make sure you are picking the right color choice for you!

 

Posted in Home Design, Home Tips
May 13, 2019

Home Buying Myths

 

Myth #1 – You Must Put Down 20%

Saving enough for a 20% down payment can be very difficult, but that is not required to purchase a home. You are able to avoid paying PMI if you put 20% down but a lot of lenders offer loans with 10% down or even less!

Myth #2 – The Down Payment is the Only Up-Front Cost

You’ve saved enough for a down payment and now your up-front costs are over, right? Wrong! There are a number of additional up-front costs you will need to be aware of when buying a home. You will need to pay for things such as a home inspection, closing costs and repairs that aren’t covered by the seller. Make sure you have enough saved up to pay those extra costs!

Myth #3 – The Internet is Just as Good as a Realtor

The internet is a wonderful thing and most of us get a lot of information from it. What you won’t find with the internet is the experience needed to make the home buying process go smoothly. That’s why you should use a real estate agent when buying a home. Not only will they save you a lot of time finding the right home for you, they bring so many tools to the table that the internet can’t offer you.

Myth #4 – Home Inspections Are Optional

 You may be quick to skip a home inspection because you want to lock in a deal, so you can get the house you want. A home inspection will uncover any major issues with the home that will need to be fixed. If you waive a home inspection you could walk into a lot of issues that were overlooked, costing you even more money.

Myth #5 – A 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage is the Only Option

30-year fixed rate mortgages may be the best option for people who plan on staying put for a long time, but there are other options out there. Choosing a 15-year or 10-year fixed mortgage could have advantages such as a lower interest rate.

May 2, 2019

TURNING A BEDROOM INTO A LUX BEDROOM

 

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.

 

One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you’re renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.

 

Compartmentalize Your Activities

 

Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you’ll be living it up in no time.

 

Make it Chic

 

Choose a color palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose muted shades that compliment each other.

 

Also, a brilliant and commanding headboard can instantly upgrade the look of your room without any other changes.

 

Light it Properly

 

Finally, make sure that you have the right light to show off your designs. If it’s too washed out or yellow, then it will look drab and run down. Switch to brilliant LEDs and see the difference.

 

Choose Your Accents Wisely

 

We already mentioned a headboard, but some elegant drapes can also make your room feel more royal. Being strategic with your furniture accessories is going to both keep you under budget and avoid doing too much with the space.

 

 

Are you ready to lux your bedroom? You’ll be impressed by the results, and the feeling of decadence will make you more confident in your surroundings.

 

Posted in Home Design, Home Tips
April 24, 2019

Priority Tasks For Your Move In

 

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

 

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

 

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

 

Call an exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.

 

Clean out the kitchen

 

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in the nooks and crannies underneath the appliances.

 

Posted in Home Tips
April 16, 2019

CONSIDER THIS: WHEN TO REFINANCE

 

Refinancing your mortgage is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout the lifespan of their home loan. It allows you to pay off your previous loan by applying for a new one that has better financial advantages. While there are many good reasons to refinance, here are five common ones.

 

·         Scoring a lower interest rate. The number one reason homeowners decide to refinance is to secure a lower interest rate on their mortgage. Not only does this save you money in the long run and decrease your monthly payment, but you can start building equity in your home sooner.

 

·         Using an improved credit score. Even if interest rates have not dropped in the market, if you’ve improved your credit score over the last few years, you may be able to reduce your mortgage rate.

 

·         Shortening the loan’s term. If interest rates are decreasing, there is a chance you may be able to get a shorter loan term with little to no change in your monthly payment, allowing you to pay off your loan sooner.

 

·         Switching from an adjustable rate to a fixed rate. If you chose an adjustable-rate mortgage with great introductory rates when you initially financed your home, that rate may increase significantly over the years. By switching to a fixed rate while interest rates are low, you can protect yourself from future increases.

 

·         Cashing out home equity. If there is a big purchase or payment on the horizon, such as funding a wedding or going back to school, your best option may be to use the equity you’ve built in your home to borrow money at a lower cost.

Posted in Real Estate Advice
April 5, 2019

Six reasons to use an agent when selling your home

 

 

Selling a home is more involved that most people think. Much of the work, unfamiliar to most folks, is done behind the scenes.  Yes, a commission is involved with an agent, but their job is to facilitate your sale to net you the most money, in the least amount of time, with the least amount of inconvenience or stress for you.

 

Here are six reasons hiring a professional real estate agent is important to sell real estate in Wisconsin today.

 

1. Pricing is difficult

Values are affected by condition, location and a moving target of inventory. A professional real estate agent can discuss the local trends with you and talk about how the inventory in your area may affect the value of your property.  Zillow doesn’t know your neighborhood! And what your neighbor sold their house for a year ago does not matter now.

 

2. Negotiating and professional advice are crucial

Want to deal with the Home inspector, appraiser, the buyer, the buyer’s agent, the mortgage lender, the title company?   Sellers need listing agents with strong negotiating skills to keep transactions together. Once an accepted offer is obtained, there’s much more coming down the pipeline before closing. Also, say you get multiple offers – how are you to know which is the best offer to accept? The highest price offer is not always the best offer.  Maybe you need to close quickly and an offer with no contingencies and a quick closing timeline seems very attractive. Your agent can advise on these things.

 

3. Mortgages and Financing got more complicated

Timelines recently changed and not working with a reputable lender can delay closings by days and have a domino effect on buyers and sellers involved. While the buyer chooses the lender they work with, agents are able to point out the importance of choosing a good one. Maybe not the time for an online, out of state lender… too much at stake.

 

4. Personal Safety

Selling your home yourself means letting strangers in your home.  Using a real estate agent removes you from such a situation.

 

5. Daily challenges – you already have a job

You have enough to do when selling without learning the job of a professional real estate agent.  Concentrate on preparing your home to show the best it can and get ready for your move. Leave the daily challenges to your Realtor.  They will communicate to you when needed, often sparing you much stress.

 

6. Finding the Buyers

Real estate agents are practiced in the art of finding buyers. They utilize the Multiple Listing Service, social networking, in-person networking and many also use national real estate websites for extra exposure. In addition, First Weber has a complete multi-media marketing systems for every listing. First Weber’s Front Runner system provides much market exposure to buyers, enabling them to call or text your yard sign. The First Weber agent is instantly notified of the call and can follow up right away.  The internet and yard signs remain some of the most popular and effective forms of real estate advertising and First Weber has a great system to handle that all, for every listing. Learn more about First Weber’s Front Runner multi-media program.

 

Bottom Line

You need a professional Realtor in today’s Wisconsin real estate market.  Studies have shown that selling with a real estate nets the seller more money.

Posted in Home Selling
Feb. 28, 2019

What To Repair Before You List

 

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

 

Repaint walls.

 

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

 

Repair floors.

 

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

 

Refresh the landscaping.

 

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

 

Fix your fixtures.

 

 

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.

 

Posted in Home Selling, Home Tips
Feb. 15, 2019

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Posted in Home Design
Feb. 4, 2019

TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE

 

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

 

1. Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.

2. Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.

3. See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.

Posted in Home Buying