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Paying it Forward...one shingle at a time... - 09/30/11 07:47 AM
With a part of our practice, devoted to short sales...our distressed sellers often have deferred maintenance issues that they cannot afford to address. While fresh paint, new carpet, additional landscaping, etc. would give a home more appeal, that is not and cannot be their priority while trying to keep a family fed and do the best they can to move through the process of selling their home and getting on with rebuilding their life. We recently got an amendment after a home inspection on a short sale that "urged" the Sellers to replace a few shingles that had "gone (8 comments)
Pay It Forward...One Fork full at a Time - 09/28/11 06:43 AM
We lost a colleague and a friend yesterday.....it was a sad day...I have lost a parent and no matter how much you know that the time will come, that an illnesss has overcome a willing spirit, the grief and mourning sets in and the ordeal of planning the funeral and calling people, the details of the arrangements can be dizzying and stressful. A few days before, while grocery shopping, I had a premonition that someone we knew was going to need some "comfort food" and I added the ingredients for the meal to my cart....hoping I was wrong but (7 comments)
A Memorial to Attorney David A. Sayas, A Legend in Wisconsin Real Education - 09/27/11 12:46 PM
David A. Sayas might have said that he was a "Fixture" in Wisconsin Real Estate Education....and indeed he was...a respected attorney, founder of the law firm, Sayas, Schmuki, Rondini & Plum and Royalty Title Corporation. Almost anyone who has taken continuing education classes in real estate in the last decade or two would have had David Sayas as an instructor at one time or another. Many agents studied his class schedule to be sure that they were part of the classes that enjoyed his quick wit and "You might want to remember this ....just in case it would be on (3 comments)
Paying it Forward for Breast Cancer Awareness, Research, Prevention & CURE ! - 09/26/11 10:39 PM
If you don't know a friend, neighbor or relative who has had and hopefully won, the fight against breast cancer...you must be living on some other planet. We know many people...most who have won the battle and continue to strengthen the efforts to bring more awareness, more early detection, advancing treatment and finding a cure for this disease that strikes far too many people...both men and women throughout the world. Cosmo,(our older cat/son) gets the credit for helping us Pay it Forward for this cause....and developing more awareness. He only likes Fancy Feast Chunky Chicken...not tuna and chicken, not (4 comments)
Are You Ready for some FOOTBALL ? Come on Over to Matty's...Beat those Bears ! - 09/25/11 09:55 AM
No better place to watch our Green Bay Packers beat those "women from the south" than Matty's Bar ! Come on over to the place voted BEST SPORTS BAR in all of the Milwaukee area for the past 4 years ! Not only does it not get better than that...This Sunday you can watch this arch rival event in the company of some of the Legends of the Green Bay Packers ! Jerry Kramer 2:30 - Halftime - Super Bowl Champion & Hall Of Famer Derrick Mayes Halftime - End of Game NFL Great & Super Bowl Champ (8 comments)
Paying it Forward...The Blue Collar Ball for the Parkinson Association - 09/25/11 08:53 AM
Last night we attended the Blue Collar Ball, a benefit event for the Wisconsin Parkinson Association. And what an event it was...held at the Grohmann Museum in downtown Milwaukee, the collection of artwork was more than you could absorb during just one tour of this outstanding local culture center. This building is part of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and houses a collection of more than 800 sculptures and paintings that appropriately illustrate the evolution of human work. We began our tour at the rooftop garden and Dr. Grohman's office on the 4th floor and wandered through the 3 (2 comments)
If we Short Sale Our Home...What will the Neighbors Think/Do.....??? - 09/24/11 07:42 AM
We went to a listing appointment the other day...and there is often a concern on the homeowner's part about what the neighbors will think...say....feel if their home is priced....and sells for below market prices. No one wants a sign that says "SHORT SALE" and no one that lists with us gets one...not a practice of ours or generally in this area. Who would know it's a short sale ? The seller wanted to know ...We explained that it was a requirement that the listing indicate short sale status in MLS but that we would not have a sign that (14 comments)
"If I replace, repair, update...What Will I get Back ? " Asked the seller... - 09/22/11 08:38 AM
Often today, we go on pre-listing appointments and give the house a check up....Husband David has a construction background and an eye for the construction sort of things that home inspectors see....sooo it is his job to suggest that experts be called for the __________foundation, roof and our lengthy list of contractors who may offer assistance on everything from cleaning up the landscaping to waterproofing the basement, updating the electrical service, etc. I always say....I will talk with Buyers and Seller about the really important things...like what color to paint the great Room, tile for the kitchen backsplash, the new (6 comments)
Create a Great Landscape with a Little Help From Mega Discount Nursery Oak Creek WI - 09/20/11 07:41 AM
Fall is great time to plant trees and bushes....let the fertilizer develop the root system and have the tree add inches in the spring...We have a great place you can go to find bushes, shrubs and trees of MEGA variety and absolutely outstanding prices ! We have a "wild" backyard to which we add trees...homes for wildlife....a natural fence....sound barrier, privacy....and ohhhh that beautiful color. This week we chose Colorado Blue Spruce ...six feet tall so we won't have to wait forever to grow to the full beautiful trees we love with their gorgeous blue color and dense branches. (7 comments)
"Seller At Seller's Expense..." Began the amendment on the Short Sale Listing - 09/19/11 07:16 AM
The amendment after the inspection of our short sale began.... "Seller at Sellers' Expense to ......." We think we are very thorough with the short sale part of our practice...we have folders of information that we give to the sellers...at this stressful time selective memory is in high gear....and everything written down and our encouragement to call with any questions, relieves any confusion that the sellers may have. We have information we give to buyers...and their agents that explains the process and encourage them to call if they have any questions during the time between when the Seller accepts the offer (14 comments)
Chinese Numerology....Proves "Good Fortunate" ! - 09/16/11 07:40 AM
I know some of you....or maybe I should MORE of you...will question my sanity after reading this post....I got this in an email from a trusted friend.....and sent it as directed to other friends....not giving it much thought. Well.... in the few days that have followed, we got four accepted offers....and several buyer referrals. You can choose to copy the copy below and email it...or ignore it...always your choice of course. Call it coincidence or whatever you wish....What we wish for you all is Prosperity and Good Health....Have a great weekend !
Chinese Numerology (16 comments)
Pay it Forward...Working as a "Showing Agent".... - 09/15/11 08:11 AM
We got a call the other day from a co-broke agent who wanted to show one of our listings...and try as we all did, the narrow window of time she had to show the home and her departure for a week long trip just could not be coordinated. She didn't want her buyer to miss seeing our listing...and we didn't want our Sellers to miss a showing. I asked what times would work for her buyer the day after she left town....and I was able to arrange a showing with our Sellers. I would be the "showing agent" and if (11 comments)
Curbalious Beauty in Oak Creek Wisconsin ...Short Price Long on Quality ! - 09/07/11 08:20 AM
2105 East Green Valley Lane Oak Creek, WI 53154-3153 MLS 1220854 Almost new....built in 2005, backing to a conservancy, double sided gas fireplace, cherry kitchen with planning desk, master suite with walk in closet, HUGE bonus room, study loft with built in desk and storage...You CAN have it all with a little patience with this short sale....Call the Hansons...414-525-0563 for your personal tour. (15 comments)
St. Martin's Fair in Franklin Wisconsin...Enjoy the Sunshine TODAY...SUN-Day - 09/04/11 09:10 AM
St.Martin's Fair...it is a tradition, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and Labor Day and the first Monday of the month. Today the fair is open 8am to 9pm and you never know what you will find to buy, eat, pet, wear, listen to, smell, plant....be entertained by....there really IS something for everyone. We are approaching the "weather permitting" season....here are the remaining dates this year:
2011 St. Martin Fair Dates (weather permitting): Sunday, September 4, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, September 5, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, October 3, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, November (9 comments)
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