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Valentines Day is right arond the corner: May I make a suggestion? - 01/31/09 02:13 PM
It is hard enough keeping up with Holidays these days. Every time I turn around there is another event and great occasion. When I was younger I can remember being in grade school and the teacher making a point out of making and giving each other Valentines Day cards. I remember that I could always count on receiving that little token of gesture. Today, I have become more refined and I really don't know if that is a good thing yet. It was the basic little things in life that really made me happy. I could count on them, I looked (11 comments)
Buying a Home in Waukesha County: Why you need to call Tom Braatz - 01/31/09 02:02 PM
Smile, and hear what others are saying! It's a great time to buy a home. It's the end of January I am getting calls asking for our buyer package. It has information and tips that really can save time, energy, and money. The best thing is it is free and is put together for any buyer looking for a home now, or in the near future. recently we had the chance to revise the package with even more great infomation. If you are thinking of selling or buying real estate in Waukesha,Milwaukee, Ozaukee, or anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin we would welcome (2 comments)
Strength can be found in the stangest places: reaching out for light - 01/30/09 05:40 PM
I went to a listing appointment the other day. I remember the day well because it was one of those unbearable cold days that become synonymous with Wisconsin winters. I did not get any ice fishing, snow mobile, or anything else fun like in this year. Heck, anticipation had me sell my snow blower. This I should have kept and then sold it. The new year is taking off, my objectives are in order, my game plan is fine tuned, and I tend to be picking up every phone in site with the thought of a prospect on the other end. (14 comments)
January is moving along, so is 2009, and yet 2008 is still a daily reminder - 01/30/09 05:34 PM
The other day I did a blog about it being Groundhog day on February 2nd. I was thinking at the time of writing that post that Spring was right around the corner,and it was a bout to be warmer weather. I really did not have to endure to coldness this year and was on my way to Utopia. As fate had it I would have to commit to doing what I had to do. Last year saw its share of challenges for all; the young, the old, the unfortunate, the struggling, the sick, and the list goes on. When I think of (1 comments)
Creative Minds Are Seldom Tidy - 01/29/09 02:47 PM
Recently I had to take a step back and review my paperwork reduction practices. Joy Shong had made the mention to us that we had more lead files, offer and listing files, and miscellaneous files accumulated that she thought it could be hard pressed to keep track of such a project. Not to be put in the spotlight,and being the salesman I am, I took a minute out and took a good look at our files. "That's a good point, and I am glad you brought it up." I then replied with "Creative minds are seldom tidy" Probably not the best rebuttal to come back (10 comments)
My Best Business Branding Ever: The Notorious Happy Go Lucky Lars - 01/28/09 08:23 PM
I still get a good feeling when someone is looking at me in a convenience store, or gas station and they say "Do I know you?" My general reply is "I have been in Real estate for awhile." The next thing after they either look in my car, or they hesitate for a moment is the ever so spoken words "Your the guy with the great big dog", or "You have the dog in all your pictures, I have seen him on websites" Funny, I was in the picture as well. I thought I knew a lot of people, but it (15 comments)
The Perfect Blend of Investment for Winter and Summer. W3169 57th, Kildare, Wisconsin - 01/28/09 08:21 PM
This turn key year round vacation escape 4 year new home sits on six acres. Fish the trout stream, enjoy the board walk through nature. Relax in the water and pool. Just minutes north of Wisconsin Dells. Home has been used as short term rental property. Seller uses professional management company-runs like motel. Ready to go, and is truly an amazing property and priced to sell at only $329,987.
See you at closing! Tom Braatz You Can Sign up For VIP BUYING at http://www.BUYINGVIP.com. 24/7 recorded message to obtain Free report,Buyer Package,and Real Estate Tool Kit (0 comments)
Spring, Warmer weather; Come February 2nd all eyes will be on Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day - 01/27/09 03:53 PM
It was a long year last year. We all made it through some amazing hurdles. The start of the new year saw it's change and promise of a great New Year to come. However, it is still blazing cold in Wisconsin, and I can't remember a day going by that it did not snow, or at least a little. It's with all my optimism and thoughts that I really anticipate Groundhog day this year. Come on Punxsutawney Phil , show your stuff. If all goes right it will be Spring before we know it, and buyers will be out in droves (12 comments)
Many Hearts Can Hurt In A Move: What a child thinks and sees through their eyes - 01/26/09 10:00 PM
I found myself recently having to sit down with my son Spencer and telling him due to circumstances that were out of my control, and with all we recently went through that we had to move. Perhaps sometimes a child's home is his domain. He knows everything, he loves everything, his daily rituals are mere routine. To tell him it was going to be easier on us because we did not need a three thousand square foot house seems almost meaningless to him. He asked if we were going to move back to our six thousand square foot house with the (28 comments)
REFERRALS: Dont forget Tom Braatz and His Team To Get all Of Your Wisconsin Referrals To A Closing - 01/25/09 02:32 PM
If you have a party wanting to move to Wisconsin we would be honored to pay you a referral, and see them to a successful closing. WE will treat them with service that will make them feel like they are the only customer we have ever had, and we will leave no stone unturned to their pursuit of happiness. If you have a referral any where in Wisconsin call us, we will point you in the right direction. If you have a party that requires their home or building sold in Wisconsin we would make sure to accomplish our mutual goal, (11 comments)
There Is No Better Time To Buy A Waukesha County Lake Home in Wisconsin - 01/25/09 01:51 PM
HEvery weekend lately I have been showing Lake homes to perspective, qualified buyers.What reall is amazing is the cost of each home is incredibly priced. Four years ago I whould she a common three bedroom home for sale well into the millions. Having lived here most of my life I saw the prices just go up and up. For example; I sold a 4 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath home on Lake drive that was immaculate. It even had parking slabs, garages, firplaces, docks, great Lake frontage, and a boat house. It closed at $110,000.This was 1987 ans I thought I (1 comments)
Located on the east side of Watertown, Wisconsin this three bedroom ranch has a large side drive, back yard with privacy, and well planned home, with a nice basement that also accomodates a walk out door. Nice hard wood floors, quite street, and is amazingly priced at on $138,900. The home was built in 1962 and has been beautifully mantained. Main Steer or Summit in Watertown are both perpendicular with College St. which is not to be confused with College Ave. There is even a Home Warranty on the property for extra sense of comfort.
This beautiful home is (0 comments)
Reap What You Sow: Cultivating Avtiverain, the listing router,and other tools to bring High Yield. - 01/24/09 05:10 PM
Every season brings it's change of beauty, growth, elegance, and foliage. I was a farmer for some time and I remember distinctly when fall came around I worked on with getting all the rest of the crops out, lining up what needed work in the winter, fixing barn repairs, electric fencing had to make repaired and. When Winter hit, I would work on my tractor, resting some wire and insulator for my fencing, fix corrals, electrical work, and the list was extensive. Spring was just as hectic getting out in the fields and clearing them., and then planting either corn, soy, (4 comments)
March 31st, 2009 The Exculsive Buyer Seminar. Geared For First time, Existing, and Empty Nesters - 01/24/09 04:04 PM
The date for our hugely successful seminars has been set for March 31st, 2009. I plan on having it a the Best Western Midway Motor lodge in Brookfield. This is just North of I-94 and it's exits. It is just south of Bluemound Rd. and is on Moreland Rd. Our seminars are successful , fun, interactive, educational, and very informative. The last seminar allowed up to help 41 people buy properties all in a three month span. Remember seating is lited to the first two hundred. Great food and drink to be had by all. Bring a guest, and tell your (5 comments)
The first date for our commercial, Investment,Business, SBS, Multi Family, and more is set on May28th,2009. Our hugely successful seminars are like no others. I plan on having it a the Best Western Midway Motor lodge in Brookfield. This is just North of I-94 and it's exits. It is just south of Bluemound Rd. and is on Moreland Rd. Our seminars are successful , fun, interactive, educational, and very informative. The last seminar allowed us to help 41 people buy properties all in a three month span. Remember seating is (0 comments)
A Fellow Activerain member and Friend needs us now: Take a moment, and send her your thoughts - 01/24/09 01:55 PM
Because I believe in The Power of Prayer...I am Asking You AR.... This is the posts that Sally Hanson just wrote uponing learning her little brother has had a severe heart attack and is waiting open heart surgury. John Repa is a fun, bright, and all around good guy to hand out with I enjoy his company immmensly. If you could, and I know it would help her visit her site at Sally & David Hanson's Real Estate Blog
Sally and David Are dear friends of mine and are suffering, and in pain, and I know they would welcome a (11 comments)
Formulate,Create, Initiate: Active Rain and other on line extras. It does not get more affordable - 01/23/09 07:31 PM
It goes with out saying that I have pretty much became a blogger that has a burning desire to get some ideas out there. I like the fact that something can be free, or very, very affordable. To Formulate:Seeing a true direction in obtaining your maximum return, with little or no investment. You get a blog on activerain, you polish it, your writing and mission come more prevalent. How do I maximize my exposure with my blog? Are there other avenues that can be traveled that can bring me traffic and business? Where do I find sources to use? Do I have (12 comments)
Getting it right the first time! A Progressive Realtor Can Often Set New Standards - 01/22/09 07:07 PM
In my personal business we allow time each day for prospecting; this includes cold calling expired listings, For Sale By Owners, Commercial contacts, spheres, areas, and more. If I had the time I could cold call four hours a day; I enjoy it, I have worked at it, and I find We have a regiment that is followed pretty close now, however, I must say that long trip time between large commercial, business, and other projects can hinder timing and it's effectiveness. True, I am a very aggressive broker; that's what my Sellers like, and when I am a buyers agent (15 comments)
The Real Estate Career: What we determined didn't work, and daring to be different! - 01/22/09 03:39 PM
I think I would be hard pressed if I were to start asking fellow activerain members if they have bought into systems, trainers, lead generators, and more and they did not work. I can speak for myself that without proper attitude, enthusiasm, drive, and the ability to focus it would be hard to get into anything, and to be productive in the means I want to be productive by. I also think the human side of me wants me to try new systems, respond to incredible, if not realistic offers, emails, and ideas. I also will be the first one to (106 comments)
4008 S. Whitnall, Milwaukee. New Listing for immediate sale! $164,900 - 01/21/09 04:07 PM
Located on the South side of Milwaukee this four bedroom colonial is updated. All major improvements have been done:Newer roof,new siding,gutters and windows throughout top off this Milwaukee Gem. My son Spencer would personally tell you he loves the neighborhood old World bakeries, and the proximately to Lake Michigan. This is truly a wonderful home, and a large yard to boot, side drive, and ready for immediate sale today! All for only $164,900.
See you at closing! Tom Braatz You Can Sign up For VIP BUYING at http://www.BUYINGVIP.com. 24/7 recorded message to obtain Free report,Buyer Package,and (8 comments)
Stepping up to the plate: The World will ask if you won, but God will ask you if you fought. - 01/19/09 06:56 PM
Today I had the luxury and privelage of reading Blogging in the rain, a Real Estate Marketing Blog which is written by Rebecca Levinson. Rebecca is a very talented writer, and everytime you read her post you take away material and ideas that are readily applicable in business and life. One of topics she mentioned really hit home. That was what she referred to as an individual being "absolutely you" Hats off to Rebecca, and how well said. Success, Integrity, and and a given desire to force ourselves to do the "right thing" "You win some, you lose some, but you get (66 comments)
Multi Family apartment buildings are for sale in Wisconsin: Call Tom Braatz - 01/17/09 07:12 PM
There are many choice multi family units for sale throughout Wisconsin. In this great state there is everything from quality two family units to literally thousands of units. If you are in the market to start, increase, or have any type of change to your portfolio call Tom Braatz today. We will roll up our sleeves, get a game plan, and succeed in our goals to find you the right ones. Below is a new listing which is a Section 8 HUD property for sale in Princeton Wisconsin for only $785,000. Call for all information, CFAT,APOD, and more.
See you (9 comments)
Condominiums ready in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. 152,900! - 01/15/09 03:32 PM
Recently finished and now ready for occupancy in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Very spacious units for only 152,900. Each has an attached garage, large driveway and there is only two units to each building. Located at 1538 and 1540 Montclair Place in Fort Atkinson these condominiums are an excellent purchase!
Call Tom Braatz for an immediate showing, information, and details! See you at closing! Tom Braatz You Can Sign up For VIP BUYING at http://www.BUYINGVIP.com. 24/7 recorded message to obtain Free report,Buyer Package,and Real Estate Tool Kit 1-800-800-7140 If you need to purchase within the next 60 days go to Ext 101 (7 comments)
Snow, Below zero temps, and it is a Hot Time To Buy In Wisconsin! - 01/14/09 04:07 PM
Sure it may be below zero for the next week or so, with wind chills at close to 40 below zero, and yes it snows to beat the band lately, but the rates are great, the selection of Residential and Commercial properties is superb, and the time could not be better to buy a property. If you are contemplating selling you need to go to www.myhomevaluesource.com and start by getting a market done on your existing property. If you want to beat others to hot new listings you need to visit www.buyingvip.com and sign up for new listings everyday without ever (8 comments)
Thinking of starting that business, or moving it to Waukesha County? - 01/12/09 08:02 PM
Waukesha County is a magnificent place to live and work. Every City, Town, and Village has a unique charm of it's own. There is a lot of old World tradition that blends hand in hand with modern technology and science. Waukesha County is famous for many reasons, but it's real assets are in its people that reside here and call it home. About the next best thing to living among all this beautiful architecture, outstanding lake, and cosmopolitan streets would be working here. Perhaps you have thought about relocating, or maybe starting your own business. If you have it may be time (6 comments)
So I received a Lemonade Award from Bill Cherry: Who (or how) do I start to pick my choices from all of activerain - 01/12/09 07:19 PM
First, I would like to thank BILL CHERRY for thinking enough of me, and my writing as well, to count me in his top 10 list. Funny, it wasn't that long ago that my dear friend Elizabeth's Weintraub's Blog said "use the spell checker!"From there my forever friend Jo Smith from Ontario said "Pictures Tom?"Transitions-The Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real Estate Blog, and from there my addition to blogging took off like a gas can in a forest fire. My ten top writers and I wish I could name a hundred would be: Jo Anne Smith Transitions-The Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga (10 comments)
Can you say multi family? Referral - 01/11/09 06:02 PM
In Wisconsin there are an amazing amount of high quality multi family investments. They range from two units and go all the way up to four hundred units. In some cases, there are even bigger projects available. Please call Tom Braatz, or email him at email@example.com if you are interested, or if you would like to refer any commercial, business, or any other type of Real Estate.
We look forward to seeing you at Closing! Tom Braatz You Can Sign up For VIP BUYING at http://www.BUYINGVIP.com. 24/7 recorded message to obtain Free report,Buyer Package,and Real Estate Tool Kit 1-800-800-7140 If (12 comments)
There is an energy that covers us and protects us. - 01/10/09 07:49 PM
There is an energy that becomes part of a Realtor. The Realtor that struggles has the energy that helps him to keep going and to know all this damn hard work will pay off. There is an energy in the seasoned Realtors and the less talents, and the ones thirsting for more knowledge. WE have a very large team and friend called Realtors. Sincerely Tom Braatz
One Week in to The New YEar: How are You Actions and Talant weighting up agains your written Goals - 01/10/09 07:18 PM
Lot of the same comments from potential sellers as well. EXpectations of what a consumer wants can be very different from what really works. Listing packages can be real wasy on the concumers part. The first step would be to get a package which outlined lots of material, important information, and information that will absolutely make you smile with the thought of being in the driver seat. The next step would be to call me or email me so we can make an appointment to get your property on the market, or to have you sign a buyers agency. As always, (1 comments)
New Listing:The best buy in a busy southside of Milwaukee Wisconsin business district - 01/09/09 04:25 PM
2040 W. Forest Home, Milwaukee, approximately 2200 sq.ft. for only $96,000. Two store fronts. Two years ago this would have sold for $140-150K all day long. Todays market depicts this incredible price. bring your business ideas, and let me help you start an SBA project, and find you financing. I will help you with your LLC, your mission statement and business plan, and together we will work hard to get you into your own business. I listed the Commercial property which consists of two stores, on a busy 2040 W. Forest Home address, with approximately 2200 sq.ft, for only $96,000.and the loss (7 comments)
Now offering personal one on one seminars for investment properties in Wisconsin - 01/09/09 04:07 PM
Recently it was brought to my attention that for every person we start out setting up their investments for in multi family and commercial we usually wind up doing anywhere from another two to eight more properties. With this in mind it hit me that there is a huge strength in sitting down, rolling up our sleeves and having a one on one game plan for now, and as well as for the future. Every week in January, February, and part of March will have time set aside so we can set aside time to educate, evaluate, and start our journey (1 comments)
New Listing: 24 family Section 8 property: Princeton, WI. Priced for Immediate sale $785,000 - 01/09/09 02:03 PM
This 24 Unit Section 8 HUD property is immaculate. Built in 1979 it has a brand 3 year old roof, all updated, and is truly one of the best investments you can make. A federal program that guarantees rent for adult living, and is controled by WHEDA (Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development) You checks are deposited into your back account. This really is unbelievable how great it is. Rents go up each year, and people that are disabled, are elderly, and/or are of social security status have a magnificent place to live. For a complete breakdown of this property including all numbers, (1 comments)
New Listing. Beautiful Monticello, WI Building: Large Commercial lower with four upper rental units to boot. - 01/08/09 08:05 PM
Priced over thirty thousand less than assessment this Monticello, Wisconsin commercial building is a really super buy. Just listed with us for $60,000 less than previous broker. This will not last long at all, and it will be sold to first qualified, acceptable offer per seller. Sold as part of a trust. Call lister for all information, numbers, projections, CFAT, and APOD. This is listed at only $129,900 and is located in Green County at 201 N. Main Street, in Monticello.
We look forward to seeing you at Closing! Tom Braatz You Can Sign up For VIP BUYING at http://www.BUYINGVIP.com. 24/7 (5 comments)
New listing! Incredible Buy in Watertown, WI. It's hard to do better than this! - 01/08/09 07:46 PM
The inside of this home is spacious. Quality built ranch on the east side of Watertown. Squeaky clean and ready to move into. Home Warranty for the buyer as a thank you for purchasing this home in January. Real hard wood floors like they used to install. Kitchen with lots and lots of oak cabinets. Grill out with family and friends this summer on the patio. Make your appointment today, and offer today. Priced over twenty thousand less than assessment for quick sale.
This three bedroom ranch is priced for immediate sale at $138,900. We look forward to seeing (3 comments)
Reflections On A Cold Wisconsin Day In January - 01/05/09 07:32 PM
It's another icy day in Wisconsin, and it is cold. There is this amazing tranquility and peacefulness that comes with the temperature being lower than normal. A paradox is perhaps the word I am looking for. Steam off of rivers, shimmering ice, and high sculptures glowing snow everywhere. I left a home today of someone I had known for years in this business, in fact going back to 1986. As I left the home I started to reflect on times when I first met this couple. Younger at the time, they were married, from there had children, and now had grandchildren. It dawned (9 comments)
In Southeastern Wisconsin you can now sign up for a regular list of distressed,short sale,foreclosure,and bargain properties. Now You Can Save Lots When You Purchase A Home! You can also save big time with this Buyer Agent.Get the details, and let us show you how you can have a payment that is lower than you think. As Buyer Agents We help You Find The Homes That Meet Your Needs and Desires, Negotiate and Get You The Best Deal Possible, Research Properties,and We Will Help You Purchase The (9 comments)
If you are like me you wake on on News Year day and enjoy the peacefulness and are motivated to get things in order for the next year upon you. Well, at least the next day because on News Years day there is so much to enjoy and relax to. In Wisconsin there is a long running tradition that some may think is a little extreme. Although I like extreme things, dangerous sports and hobbies, I just can't get my self to jump in a Lake with a swimming suit and get out and enjoy it. I now know (12 comments)
It Is Time To Call Tom Braatz and Ask about Upcoming Seminars - 01/02/09 04:58 PM
In the past I have always had a great deal of interest in buyers that would attend seminars. For example, in 2007 we had a multi family seminar and educated the buyers in just about every aspect they would need to know, and we also brought in many experts they would be part of the equation. As a result of that one seminar we were able to help forty one buyers purchase multi families. Some were able to purchase a couple at a time. It is my pleasure to make mention that if you are a Realtor and wishing to refer (1 comments)
Wisconsin, The Value of Staging, and Increasing Your Chances - 01/02/09 10:52 AM
It's Time To Call Tom Braatz To Get Things Done! Tom's Monthly Column Staging Your Home For Sale - Is It Worth The Investment? It's know secret that a home that shows well and is neat, clean, and allows a buyer to perceive things they normally may not have been able to, could sell for more, and possibly faster. For the past three months the average selling price of a staged home was 19% above the listing price while the unstaged home was only 15%. The 4% difference more than paid the staging cost. Here are the ten secrets fo selling from (1 comments)
The Time To Start Working On Your Portfolio Is Now. - 01/02/09 10:46 AM
With a New year, and having figured out exactly how you will take your deductions from last year, you take your depreciation, and make any other adjustments corporate entity or sole proprietorship you may want to think about your strategies for maintaining, increasing your portfolio, or Starkering into another investment possibly using the IRS code 1031 to your advantage. It is time to call Tom Braatz. If you are starting a new business location, relocating your business or plant, or up scaling to accommodate growth call Tom Braatz. If you want multi families, whether two units or five hundred units Tom Braatz has (2 comments)
January 2nd, the Holidays are over. It's time. Let's roll up our sleeves - 01/02/09 09:45 AM
The last month seemed to have one response from buyers when I talked to them. In fact, I received a lot of the same comments from potential sellers as well. "We want to wait until after the Holidays Tom and then we will be ready to go." Well, the Holidays are over, and I am so ready to go. I am so ready to go that I revised my Buyer and Seller packages, tool kits, and reports. The first step would be to get a package which outlined lots of material, important information, and information that will absolutely make you smile (4 comments)
My New Years resolution: Stay away from the Cynics - 01/01/09 11:23 AM
If I have one more person tell me that I can't do something, I shouldn't do something, or the sky is falling, again, I am going to choke. Every direction I look there is someone pointing out that perhaps I not even start. One more Cynic to the pile. To me it is inevitable that if you put your mind to something you will accomplish it; this applies whether you think negatively or positively about the goal. It is this year I hope that everyone has the ability to really tweak their goals, their abilities to be their best, and to achieve (17 comments)
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