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Energy Efficient Upgrades - 02/26/10 05:08 PM
When walking through a home, the eye-catching higher end details often stand out. Great hardwood floors. Solid surface counter tops. Wonderful paint colors. Garden tubs. Six panel, solid wood doors. Don't forget to ask about the things that are not as easy to see. Look for higher end upgrades in energy efficient features. These upgrades in a home will not only improve your comfort, but they also will save you money, making a home more affordable in the long run. Take a good look at the windows. Are they a basic builder's grade window, or has the homeowner splurged (3 comments)
Things to Do Around Monroe WI - 02/26/10 04:37 PM
Yes, we are a day late with our Thing to Do this week. Sorry about that. Wednesday was a wild and crazy one around here! ~ If you missed Rainbow Fleece Farm's Cabin Fever event last weekend, you have another chance this weekend to check out the sheep and the fiber. Email Patty or call her at 608.527.5311 for more information. Rainbow Fleece Farm doesn't have a website, but you can find them at W7181 Hustad Valley Rd by New Glarus ~ Eat something different this weekend. Go out for breakfast at one of our classic diners like Corner Cafe (1 comments)
New in Green County - Sideways Shakespeare Project - 02/23/10 03:32 PM
Our friend Jennifer over at Primitive Soul Art Studio in Monroe started the Shakespeare Project for youth a number of years ago. This project has grown into the non-profit group Shakespeare on the Edge, which we have mentioned often on this blog. SotE now includes not only the Shakespeare Project but also The Eclectic Rogues, a traveling youth group who do performances as well as workshops addressing modern issues through the works of Shakespeare. Jennifer and the SotE group has a new project up their sleeves. The Sideways Shakespeare Company is starting up to encourage creativity and give an outlet (0 comments)
Property of the week - 02/23/10 03:18 PM
This week's featured property is a split-level ranch in Monroe.
Bring the family home! This comfortable split level home located on a quiet street has all you need. 3 bedrooms, main floor laundry, living room with fireplace, family room, refnished wood floors, generous storage area, 2 car attached garage, spacious eat-in kitchen, bright rooms filled with natural lightening. The landscaped yard has plenty of room for kids, grandkids, pets or more gardens. (3 comments)
73 days and counting for the tax credit - 02/18/10 09:56 AM
Are you eligible for the $6500 tax credit? We covered the details in December, so take a look if you want to check. There are 73 days and counting left to get an accepted offer. You must have an accepted offer in place no later than April 30 and close on the home no later than June 30 in order to qualify for this tax credit.
New $6500 Tax Credit for Current Homeowners (2 comments)
Photographed in August of 2008 at a state park at the edge of the Mississippi River while on vacation near Galena, Illinois. This made us laugh out loud at the absurdity, especially considering it was about 20 feet away from the edge of the water. We took a look at our GPS unit and started laughing even harder:
Do you think it was time to change course?
Things to Do Around Monroe WI - 02/17/10 09:26 PM
Hold on to your hats! It is a busy weekend here in Cheese Country. The UW Alumni Club is meeting at Toffler's in New Glarus on Thursday evening at 8 to watch the UW Men's Basketball team play the Minnesota Gophers. If sports isn't your thing, come over to Minhas Brewery's Lazy Mutt Lounge on Thursday evening instead for Monroe Art Center's Poetry on Tap. Award-winning Wisconsin poets will read aloud from their works starting at 7 pm. This event is free, and there will be libations courtesy of Minhas. The Alternative Fuel Society meets at the River Valley Trading Company (1 comments)
Property of the week - 02/16/10 11:28 AM
This week's featured property is a renovated property near Monroe's Downtown Square. Step into the comfort and convenience of this home only one block away from Monroe's Historic Square. This house has so much character! There are beautiful archways throughout, and charming quirky details like the pass through window between one bedroom and the hallway. The vintage light fixture in the foyer and iron railing on the staircase are fantastic period elements. At the same time, you will appreciate the renovations that have been taking place over recent months. There is new carpeting, the kitchen is being completely redone, and the (4 comments)
Deadline for Public School Open Enrollment in Wisconsin is almost here - 02/15/10 12:21 PM
People have different criteria when it comes to choosing where to live. For many parents, school district makes a huge difference. In Wisconsin, there are certain inflexible rules that apply to where public school students may attend school. School districts are geographically drawn, and students attend the district within whose boundaries they live. Once a year, for three weeks in February, parents may apply for their children to attend school for free in a different public school district. This practice, Open Enrollment, is the only chance for a year to change school districts without physically moving. Parents may apply for admission (0 comments)
Let's talk brats. What do you like? - 02/12/10 01:19 PM
We've talked about our friends up at Goosechaser Farm by Blanchardville frequently here on Cheese Country Realtors. Well, Stef and Andre have been busy developing a new offering, and they could use some input. They have been developing their line of brats made from heritage pork, turkey, chicken and more. Trust me, these brats are worth trying. Created from Stef's custom spice blends and meat from animals raised naturally on Goosechaser Farm's patures, the brats are a truly local product. We have had the pleasure of enjoying some before, and we have become complete converts. Delish. In order to (0 comments)
Improving curb appeal in a Wisconsin winter - 02/11/10 01:07 PM
The days are growing longer, but we are still in the depths of winter here in Green County. Helping a home to have some curb appeal this time of year is a bit harder than in the summer months with gardens blooming, but it is still possible to do things to help. Clear your driveway, sidewalks and porches of all snow and ice. Get out there right away after a snow storm to clean them off. If you do get a buildup in ice in spots from driving into the garage or people walking on the sidewalk, pick up a scraper (1 comments)
Photographed in rural Green County Wisconsin west of Clarno, July 2007 at friends' farm after we had a weekend project putting in solar panels for their electric car. All rights reserved. Have you found all the hidden pockets of green and alernative energy sources in Green County? Probably not. There are more than you'd expect! (10 comments)
Things to do around Monroe, Valentine's Weekend - 02/10/10 10:17 PM
Another week, another weekend to plan for. ~ Blackhawk Technical College has some interesting community education classes starting next week. Inspired Art, Drawing People, or Pen and Watercolor Fundamentals, Quickbooks, Access, Skype , or Social Networking, Cake Decorating, Meditation, Organic Gardening, or Plan Your Herb Garden, Conversational Spanish, Sustainable Building: Green Design Basics with LEED principles are all starting in the next two weeks. The Skype workshop is tonight, and as long as there is room, you can enroll up until the last minute. ~ Stop in at the Historic Courthouse in Monroe for a free Valentine's Day cookies anytime (3 comments)
Propery of the Week - Commercial Building in Monroe - 02/09/10 03:43 PM
This week's featured property is a commercial building in Monroe, Wisconsin. Here is your chance to own a piece of Monroe’s history dating back to circa 1865. The historic Lanz Building is a rare property with over 14,000 square feet on 3 levels located on corner lot in Downtown Monroe. This location is ideal for your business or non-profit, a well traveled corner between Turner Hall and the Square. There is newer electrical, 16” solid masonry walls, exposed brick walls, 11’ ceilings on main floor and 9’ ceilings in basement. The building is loading dock capable, and there is underground (0 comments)
Be My Valentine - 02/09/10 03:41 PM
Chocolate and Valentine's Day are a perfect pairing. Treat your sweetheart at a couple of local events this weekend! River Valley Trading Company in Blanchardville is having their 2nd annual Chocolate Tasting and Auction on Saturday afternoon. From 2 until 4, sample delicious and unusual chocolates from TerraSource Gourmet Chocolates along with various wines. For only $2, you can sample all of the chocolates. Then, bid for your favorites in the silent auction. Stick around to show the selection of interesting and varied local gifts available at River Valley Trading Company, and save 10% on any of them. After chocolate appetizers, (4 comments)
January 2010 Green County Market Report - 02/06/10 09:57 AM
Another month has ended, so it is time for monthly report on the Green County, Wisconsin real estate market. Regarding the number of single family homes that sold in Green County in January of 2010: 15 homes sold in January of 2010,The homes were on the market for an average of 126 days, The average sale price was $153,993, The median sale price was $122,000, The highest priced property sold was $333,500, The lowest priced property sold was $19,500.Things are still looking better than they did in January of 2009: 11 homes sold in January of 2009,The homes were on the (1 comments)
Photographed one early spring afternoon a couple of years ago in our front yard gardens in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin, the heart of Cheese Country. The purple of the crocus combined with the nodding heads of the snowdrops always brightens the heart, knowing spring is just round the corner. All rights reserved. (15 comments)
Property of the Week - Affordable home in Freeport, IL - 02/03/10 11:11 AM
This week's featured property is a three bedroom home in Freeport This is a great house for the price! The asking price is only $39,900! This 3 bedroom home has gorgeous hardwood floors, huge living room with fireplace, eat in kitchen, formal dining room and a open staircase. There is over 1800 square feet of room in this large home. Relax and enjoy evenings on the front porch with removable screen panels. Let the kids run in the fenced in back yard. This home is conveniently located to shopping and schools. Move in to a great home for your family. The (1 comments)
Save some green and get clean - 02/03/10 11:10 AM
Wisconsin winters are hard on our cars, what with all the salt and sand from the road making everything a dull grey and the ice that can build up. It can be damaging to the finish and undercarriage of a vehicle to leave that on too long. We'd like to help you have a little money while protecting the investment you have in your vehicles. Readers of our blog can save 10% on any car wash at Pro-Image Car Wash in Monroe or receive $10 off any vehicle detail in the month of February. Simply mention Cheese Country Realtors or Luis (4 comments)
Things to Do Around Monroe WI - 02/03/10 11:08 AM
What to do, what to do. ~ The Wisconsin Regional Art Exhibit opens at the Monroe Arts Center on Thursday evening. This multi-media exhibit features artist from all over the region. The exhibit culminates with an artist workshop on Feburary 27. That all day workshop has $5 admission at the door, but the exhibit in Frehner Gallery is, as always, free. ~ MAC also has a painting workshop this weekend. "Approaches to Winter Painting" with Tina Duemler and Jonathan Wilde is this Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. $70 fee, registration required. The deadline was actually Tuesday, but try giving (4 comments)
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