Home appreciation – and the painful cost of waiting to buy

How long do you plan to stay in your home? And how might your home’s value change in that time? There’s no guarantee prices will increase, but with the market’s ups and downs, values tend to rise over time. Below is a user-friendly interactive graph to show you how even small changes can build as …

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Check Your Neighborhood’s Recent Sales

Keeping an eye on your home investment? Wondering about prices in your dream neighborhood? Curious about the home that sold down the street? This quick look at sales trends in your zip code will help you out either way. You can see median price points, average sales prices and number of sales per month. Dig …

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4 Benefits of Selling Your Home in the Winter

It may be cold outside, but the housing market is still hot. Sure, rates aren’t where they were in 2017, but they are still historically low, and demand continues to be high. With that said, the previously inconceivable notion of selling your home in winter is not only viable – it may be the secret …

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Is Opening a Credit Card After Closing a Good Idea?

You just closed on your first home. Congratulations! The excitement is palpable, and now you direct your attention to all the great stuff you need to fill this brand new home of yours. To your surprise, all these offers start coming in for 0% financing on a myriad of different home décor and appliance options. …

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5 Emotional Stages of a Home Seller

Judging by the general amount of homes for sale and the current demand, it’s safe to say that it’s a seller’s market. Depending on your location, it hasn’t been uncommon to receive multiple offers in a very short period of time. While this is great, it also has the potential to become overwhelming to some …

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Home inspection contingencies: What you need to know

The first thing to know is that if you put anything: in the contract, or in an amendment to the contract, or in a notice related to the offer That says something like: “Purchase price is lowered from $200,000 to $190,000 because of the defective roof,” or “Price lowered because of basement issues as detailed in …

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Top 10 Outdoor Remodeling Features To Return Investment on Your Property

The National Association of Realtors® produced an “Impact Report” on the cost and return on investment of various outdoor remodeling projects. There’s no surprise that Realtors® believe projects that enhance curb appeal to be the most important to helping attract buyers. See what you think, and remember, it’s always more fun to complete remodeling projects …

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Home Appraisals and Your Mortgage

To appraise something is to assess its value or quality, and while it can be applied to any number of things, it’s also an integral aspect of the home buying process. During this step, a state-licensed appraiser will evaluate both the home and the property in question. This is performed to give an estimate of …

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Are My Neighbors Reducing My Property Value?

Just like family, we can’t pick our neighbors. Unfortunately for many homeowners, having a bad neighbor can extend beyond being simply an annoyance and become a blight on your neighborhood and property value. At no fault of your own, it is possible for a bad neighbor to lower home values by more than 5-10 percent, …

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Living in Harmony with Your Homeowners Association

When you’re looking to buy a new condo in the city, it’s easy to be sold on the nearby restaurants, the exciting nightlife and the skyline view. These perks are all great reasons to buy a condo, but many young families and couples are poorly equipped to dealing with their homeowners association (HOA) and the …

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5 Tips on a Winning Offer

The number of homes for sale in many areas of Southeast Wisconsin (and other parts of the state and country, too) are at crisis low levels. That tilts the table significantly in favor of Sellers, so here are my current Top 5 Tips (other than price) for writing a Winning Offer while still protecting yourself.

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